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e-Points – Project Pioneer: Ideas To Address Your Workforce Challenges

Extraordinarily tight labor conditions exist in South Carolina and across the nation. To provide co-op served industrial/commercial members, the economic development community and other workforce-focused stakeholders with information for meeting the challenge, the SC Power Team maintains Project Pioneer.

An ongoing, statewide labor study, Project Pioneer combines traditional workforce data sources with comprehensive primary research. Initial implementation included more than 200 employer interviews and the polling of 12,000 South Carolina workers. Data gathering for Project Pioneer is continuous.

In addition to generating data for long-term decision making, Project Pioneer is revealing immediate opportunities for co-op served industrial/commercial members to attract/retain skilled workers. Executives, operations managers, human resource directors and trainers can apply any of the following ideas – in the short-term – to their own unique workforce challenges:

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Custom Labor Reports and Findings from Project Pioneer now available via SCPowerTeam.com

Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina Power Team has completed an unprecedented statewide, comprehensive labor study for South Carolina. The labor study, known as “Project Pioneer,” was commissioned by the South Carolina Power Team, funded by South Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, and conducted by Site Selection Group.

Understanding the significance workforce plays in the site selection process is one of the major reasons the SC Power Team commissioned “Project Pioneer,” named for its size and scope, as no labor study of its depth and scope has been conducted for South Carolina. Project Pioneer was a comprehensive workforce study covering each county in South Carolina. Being that one of the primary drivers in manufacturing location decisions is workforce availability, the study focused primarily on the manufacturing and logistics sectors. Specifically, the study evaluated employment commuting patterns, analyzed underemployment and the manufacturing skills gap, and assessed the current available labor data.

The SCPowerTeam.com state-of-the-art Geographic Information System (GIS) web applications now offer custom reporting capabilities and access to raw data, utilizing ArcGIS integration. The findings, data points, and labor shed reporting capabilities enable communities across South Carolina to accurately depict the workforce offerings in their given area, and project commuting patterns for their area’s workforce. The information provided on the GIS web applications is free to any users and will be updated, periodically, offering the most-accurate labor-related data for all counties in South Carolina.

About South Carolina Power Team
South Carolina Power Team is a full-service, non-profit economic development organization representing Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., and the state’s 20 consumer-owned electric cooperatives. The power system serves the entire state (46 counties) and over half of its population. Its mission is to facilitate the growth of jobs, investment and electric load through the attraction of new industrial and commercial activity, as well as, the expansion and retention of existing businesses and industrial facilities. For more information, visit www.SCPowerTeam.com.

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803.960.6917 | jkelley@scpowerteam.com

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