The Monthly e-Newsletter for Catawba County's Existing Industries

This month's issue highlights a number of ways you and your company can participate in our annual industry survey to make your voice heard or through opportunities to find more productive outlets for your company's waste stream.
Here is some of the news you might have missed over the past several weeks:
For those new to Industry Pulse or who have missed some of our recent issues, they can be found on the EDC's archives page.
EDC's Industry Survey - Workforce Focus     
We are asking for five minutes of your time to complete a survey on the general health of your business in 2016. It has been three years since our last survey, so your input is critical.

Since many of you have mentioned workforce needs during our industry visits, this year's survey also includes specific questions concerning the quality and quantity of the local workforce.
Given the nature of the workforce questions, we would appreciate you forwarding this survey to the individuals charged with recruiting and hiring at your company.
Your answers will greatly aid the EDC and its allies, as we seek the most effective means to assist our local industries tackle any workforce issues. 
We will be summarizing the results of the survey in the next issue. The more companies that participate, the more meaningful the results to you and us.
For the curious, here are some of the industry survey results from previous years:
% of companies projecting double-digit sales growth in upcoming year
Primary barrier to growth
Rising cost of materials
National Economy
Secondary barrier to growth
National Economy
Lack of workforce
Zero Waste Manufacturers Conference     
A two-day, peer sharing conference
presented by NC Dept. of Environmental Quality and Carolina Recycling Association 
March 22-23 in Wilmington, NC
$295/person - online registration closes 3/15
Zero waste suggests that the entire concept of waste should be eliminated.  Waste is a sign of inefficiency.

A Zero Waste strategy leads companies to look for inefficiencies in the use of materials, energy and human resources.
Instead, waste is thought of as a "residual product" with its own economic possibilities beyond simply being sent to a landfill.  Opportunities such as reduced costs, increased profits, and reduced environmental impacts are found when returning these "residual products" to more productive uses. 
Why should you attend?
  • Start out right at the Zero Waste to Landfill 101, pre-conference workshop at no extra cost
  • Check out the Zero Waste Flea Market, a reverse trade show session where vendors come to you
  • Learn more about Zero Waste during SIX peer-exchange sessions on key topics pertinent to both new and mature programs.   Presenters include: Daimler Trucks N.A., Timken, Caterpillar, Honda, Kimberly Clark, Leggett and Platt and many others.
  • Don't miss the keynote address and featured projects presentations from those already working towards Zero Waste
  • Network along with 500+ attendees in the Exhibit Hall packed with recycling service providers and vendors

Vol. 8, Issue 1 - 

March 2016   
In This Issue
Industry Survey
Military Hiring Workshop
 USO of NC Workshop: How to Recruit and Hire Veterans
Tuesday, March 15
8:00AM - Noon
Hickory Metro Convention Center
* Attendees can receive HRCI and SHRM credit hours (4)

We have an excellent, untapped pool of talent easily within reach of Catawba County.  North Carolina is home to five military installations, four of which are within an easy driving distance.
From 2015 through 2018, more than 78,000 active duty personnel are projected to separate from the sites in North Carolina.  While not all will seek employment in the state, this expected surge in separations could provide an opportunity for Catawba County businesses to hire and retain some of these skilled workers to meet our workforce needs.

But to effectively recruit and hire these great individuals, it takes some additional knowledge and slightly different tactics.

As a first step, the EDC and a number of regional partners are hosting a learning workshop to build our knowledge of working with this unique market.

This event is geared specifically towards HR practitioners and the agenda will include:
  • Military Culture - what are they used to, what are they looking for, what do they expect, how do we reach them, what is proper protocol on base, what do they bring to the table, what resumes look like, how military skills translate into civilian skills, PTSD fact and fiction, tax breaks for hiring the vets
  • Successful strategies used by other companies
  • How to reach the National Guard and Reserve members in our area and this different population
  • How we can present our geographic region and jobs in a way that will get their attention at Fort Bragg? Camp Lejeune? Cherry Point?
  • Are there any drawbacks?
Thank you for your time and interest,
Nathan Huret
Director, Existing Industry Services 
Office - (828) 267-1564          Cell - (828) 244-3085

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