The Kosciusko Economic Development Corp. expects the county to see an increase of 14,000 people by 2030 and the agency says it is doing what it can to reach that goal and support the potential residents. KEDCO says it will continue to offer support for recruiting and retaining talent with customized concierge services.
The services assist individuals moving to the area and exploring employment opportunities in Kosciusko County with community tours and career support.
“We know that Kosciusko County employers recruit from across the country to attract the world-class talent they need to grow and prosper,” said KEDCO Chief Executive Officer Alan Tio. “We work with companies at every stage of business, and these concierge services will enhance their recruitment and retention efforts.”
The Kosciusko County seat of Warsaw is the “Orthopedic Capital of the World,” with three of the leading orthopedic device makers based in the city, including Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ZBH). That concentrated center of economic activity is a big draw for new workers.
As part of the program, KEDCO Talent Initiative Manager Kristen Hale will interview participants to learn about their skills, experience, and career interests, then connect them with local employers and career opportunities, and provide follow up support.
“Oftentimes, when someone accepts an employment opportunity in a new place, the accompanying spouse or significant other is also looking for career opportunities, so this program helps connect and offer them support as well,” said Hale.
KEDCO is also a member of the 11-county Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership which will receive one of the $50 million grants as part of the Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative.