Labor / Workforce

The workforce is a key consideration in economic development. Site selectors and employers in every industry sector emphasize the priority for skilled employees as a foundational requirement for relocation. Considerations not only include the immediate availability, but also the potential for an established pipeline and the quality of the candidates in the pipeline.

Savvy, growth-focused industries assess the labor market by comparing evolving demographics, regional labor demands, availability of local workforce training resources, competitive wages and the ability to attract talent to the area.

The County of Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) plays a supporting role in the training and strengthening of the local workforce. By enhancing the dialogue between businesses and educators, Flagler County can maximize the effectiveness of existing programs and define new programs or certificates to meet specific industry demands.

Our goal is to provide a workforce that is able to keep up with rapidly changing technology in order to stay competitive in today’s global marketplace. Therefore, Flagler County has developed relationships with local educational institutions, workforce boards and manufacturing associations to develop professional training programs. These relationships create custom programs for your employees’ professional growth and development.

Flagler County boasts an excellent technical employee training pro-gram. For example, the Daytona State College offers certificates and degrees in a number of medical, manufacturing, environmental and marine research programs. Additionally, the college staff can create a customized course curriculum to fit your company’s requirements.