Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett has announced a new focus on collaborative work force development. As part of the move, Angela Carr Klitzch has been named president and chief executive officer of EmployIndy, while Marie Mackintosh has been named chief operating officer.
Hogsett says the partnership among EmployIndy, Indiana’s Region 5 Works Council, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and the Indy Chamber will work toward a "targeted, integrated approach" to work force development in the city. EmployIndy will shift its focus to low-to-mid-skilled workers with a mix of job readiness training and career planning.
"With one-fifth of Indianapolis residents living at or below the poverty line, our city’s future depends on the development of a work force that can meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy while providing better opportunities for families today," said Hogsett. "By bringing these great community partners together under one strategy, I am confident that this new EmployIndy team will reach new underserved populations in Indianapolis and better connect all residents with the tools they need to help themselves."
Hogsett says EmployIndy will also have a renewed emphasis on neighborhood-focused work force development and will continue as a partner in Project Indy, which focuses on providing summer jobs and training to young people in Indianapolis. He says Region 5 Works Council, CICP and the Indy Chamber will also address a "broad spectrum of economic and work force development needs."
Carr Klitzsch previously served as vice president of global philanthropy for New York-based JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM). She said she is grateful for the opportunity.
"Our vision for EmployIndy is clear: all residents must have access to career pathways where they gain the skills they need to enter into the jobs that Indianapolis’ employers have to offer," said Carr Klitzsch. "It is an exciting time for our region and I welcome the challenges presented as we continue to position Central Indiana as an economic frontrunner."
Mackintosh previously oversaw adult education programming and work force development strategy for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Hogsett’s office says in her new role, she will spearhead EmployIndy’s programs, focusing particularly on helping students finish high school, develop work readiness skills and gain education and employment experience directed toward a career.