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WORKFORCE
DEVELOPMENT
A well-trained workforce has become a key
factor in business location decisions. As a result,
the Steuben County IDA has taken a larger role in
workforce development in 2016. To help advance the
development of a strong labor pool, IDA Executive
Director James Johnson co-chaired the I-86 Innovation
Corridor Workforce Development Sub-committee to
assess the current and future needs of workforce in
the Southern Tier. The results of this work have shown
that the region is facing a future demand issue due to
population losses, an aging population, and the need
to refocus training and education opportunities in
demand occupations.
The sub-committee established the need for a
comprehensive workforce development strategy
and implementation plan. To advance this effort, the
Steuben County IDA presented the work of the I-86
workgroup to CSS Workforce NY to begin a discussion
on the future workforce needs, and requested the
organization serve as the lead agent in implementing
the findings.
As a result of these early discussions, the Steuben
IDA in partnership with CSS and Three Rivers
Development will be performing a gap analysis of the
community's workforce development programming in
early 2017 to be used to develop a formal long term
workforce strategy for the Southern Tier.
Comprehensive Strategy
Focuses on a process that meets employer needs today
and in the future, and has a measurable outcome.
Has ownership based on collaboration and meaningful
partnerships between employers, education (Pre-K to
college), and government agencies.
Is dynamic and flexible enough to respond to
changing demands and can intervene at critical points
to embrace opportunities.
Top Three Highest Growth Industries:
Healthcare
Existing jobs
8,257
Jobs in 2026
8,840
Biggest Gaps in both replacement
and new job creation by 2026
Nurses
269
Pharmacy Technicians
227
Home Health Aides
719
Nursing Assistants
1,278
Physicians
344
LPN's
685
Transportation and Materials Moving
Existing jobs
5,660
Jobs in 2026
6,630
Biggest Gaps in both replacement
and new job creation by 2026
Heavy and tractor trailer truck drivers
1,282
Light truck and delivery service drivers
607
Bus drivers
538
Industrial truck and tractor operations
349
Laborers and freight material movers
1,407
Packers and packagers
345
Production Workers (includes traditional
manufacturing and food processing)
Existing jobs
7,764
Jobs in 2026
7,600
(
does not include impact of growth in regional
transportation manufacturing)
Biggest Gaps in both replacement
and new job creation by 2026
First line supervisors
548
Assemblers
1,066
Fabricators
203
Computer controlled machine operators
323
Machinists
666
Welders
410
Inspectors
428
Packaging Machine Operators
309
Helpers production workers
214
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