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Pathways to 21st Century Careers 2015

on Thursday, 29 October 2015 13:06.

 Are you or do you know a young person who is not sure what direction their career should take?

Explore your career interests with your parents or guardians.

Meet with local employers to learn about occupations that are:

  • high skill
  • high wage
  • in high demand

Attend career workshops

No cost to attend

Door prizes

Monday, November 2, 2015
Conestoga Valley High School
2110 Horseshoe Road, Lancaster
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.


Exhibitors scheduled to appear include:


Associated Builders & Contractors, Keystone Chapter

Astro Machine Works

Benchmark Construction Company

Berkshire Systems Group, Inc.

Bosch Security Systems

Brubacher Excavating



CoWorx Staffing Services

Dart Container

EHC Associates

Electron Energy

Family Resource and Counseling Centers

Farmers Insurance

GSM Industrial

High Concrete Group LLC

Horst Construction & Horst Excavating

J.K. Mechanical

Lancaster County Career & Technology Center

Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board

Lapp Electric

Lititz Watch Technicum

Make 717

Members 1st Federal Credit Union

Millersville University

PA CareerLink® of Lancaster County

Pennsy Supply Inc.

Precision Medical Products

Professional Design & Construction

RR Donnelley

Signature Custom Cabinetry, Inc.

SuperValu, Inc.

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry

The Witmer Group

Turkey Hill Dairy

United CoolAir

United Zion Retirement Community

Wilco Electric

Willow Valley Communities

Wohlsen Construction


16th Annual Workforce Summit

on Wednesday, 21 October 2015 13:57.

Save the date: Thursday, December 17, 2015

Workforce Innovation, Opportunities and Partnerships in Lancaster County

Today’s workforce is changing dramatically.

Is your company ready?


Twenty-five percent of incumbent workers are expected to retire in the next five years, but the number of people entering the workforce is estimated at only half of the need. Low unemployment rates mean fewer people competing for more jobs. Join us for a morning filled with ideas shared by business leaders who have created a business culture focused on Innovation, Opportunities and Partnerships.

The Summit begins with an overview at the state of the county’s workforce by Dale Hamby, Executive Director of the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board, and rounds out with a panel of speakers from local companies featured in the Top 100 Places to Work in Pennsylvania.

The Workforce Summit will be held at Eden Resort, Lancaster. Registration is required. The cost to attend is $20 in advance payable by check or credit card or $25 at the door. Information on how to register will be available soon.


New Executive Director Appointed

on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 09:59.

The Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board is very pleased to announce that we have chosen Dale Hamby for the position of Executive Director. Dale has accepted our offer of employment, and was approved by the Executive Committee of the WIB. Dale was chosen from nearly 50 applicants for the position. He brings an extensive education and experience including a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the United States Military Academy, MBA from Harvard Business School, Intelligence Officer in the US Army, Founder and Owner of a consulting and service provider of imagery and GIS to government and commercial companies, teacher and professor worldwide including his most recent work teaching at Thaddeus Stevens, and recently served as Special Assistant to the PA Secretary of Education in Harrisburg. Dale brings strong analytical skills, inclusive and dynamic leadership, and the ability to network and work with industry partners. At this very crucial and challenging time for the WIB and all of our functions, we believe he will use these talents to raise local funds for our programs and offerings along with the ability to drive improvements and positive change. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to keeping the WIB and all of our programs and activities moving forward as we have operated without a full time executive director. Special thanks to Steve Fries for coming in and giving us his time, experience and support as we have gone through this transition. There is still much more that we need to do. Dale is expected to start in this position June 15th. An orientation task force is being developed to guide Dale as he begins this new role, and we will be looking for everyone's help to make him and the WIB successful.

-Bob Rhoads


5 Reasons Why U.S. Employers Are Showing Confidence In Economy

on Monday, 08 June 2015 11:12.

Lenexa, KS (, June 8, 2015):  Employers last month delivered a vote of confidence in the U.S. economy.

They added 280,000 jobs — a surprisingly robust total at a time when consumers are hesitant to spend and the economy appears less than fully healthy. Some key industries, from energy to manufacturing, have been struggling. And economic troubles overseas have put investors on edge.

Yet Friday's report from the Labor Department showed that employers seem confident that the economy is regaining its footing after shrinking at the start of the year and that their customer demand will accelerate.

"It's kind of a strange situation because consumers are getting jobs, and their incomes are improving," said John Silvia, chief economist at the bank Wells Fargo.

Six years after the worst downturn in more than seven decades officially ended, Silvia said, "We've moved beyond the Great Recession."

Across the economy, employers are betting that steady hiring has begun to drive economic momentum. Home and auto sales are up. Restaurants, sports stadiums, theaters and hotels added 57,000 workers last month in anticipation of summer vacations.


U.S. Employers Add Solid 280K Jobs

on Friday, 05 June 2015 10:44.

Lenexa, KS (, June 5, 2015):  U.S. employers added a robust 280,000 jobs in May, showing that the economy is back on track after starting 2015 in a slump.

The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5 percent from 5.4 percent in April. But that occurred for a good reason: Hundreds of thousands more people began seeking jobs in May, leading to the slight increase.

Last month's strong job growth suggests that employers remained confident enough to keep hiring even after the economy shrank during the first three months of the year. The government also revised up its estimate of job growth in March and April by a combined net 32,000.

Construction, health care and hospitality companies drove the May job growth. On the negative side, persistently cheaper oil led energy companies to shed workers for a fifth straight month.

Average hourly wages rose 2.3 percent from a year earlier, showing some pick-up. Still, pay is barely rising faster than inflation, a persistent problem for the economy that has limited growth.


Tackling The Skills Gap

on Wednesday, 15 April 2015 09:49.

One of the reasons Manufacturing Day was started was to address what's known as the "skills gap" — the mismatch between the skills held by available workers and the skills that manufacturers require.

While it's something manufacturers have felt for a while, it was first formally documented in a landmark study published by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute in 2001, and then updated periodically.

The 2015 Skills Gap Report has just been released and the concerning trends continue — there's a growing misalignment of skills in the manufacturing sector.

To read a summary of the report, download the presentation we've posted on And while you're there, register an event or sign up to attend one. Let's do something about this skills gap!


Labor Shortage Inspires Creative Thinking

on Monday, 13 April 2015 12:08.

Harrisburg, PA (Central Penn Business Journal, April 13, 2015):  The midstate economy faces a crisis that experts say is certain to get worse before it gets better.

And it has nothing to do with mortgage rates, investment capital, taxes or any of those important things. It's not inflation or recession that has business owners concerned.

The issue is labor — specifically, finding enough labor to unleash the potential economic boom on the midstate.

"We haven't seen the worst of it yet," said Darrell Auterson, president and CEO of the York County Economic Alliance. "We've had a number of the baby boomers moving out of the workforce, and there's going to be more of them moving out of the workforce in the next 10 to 15 years."

In the latest seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, released March 31, all midstate metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) were well below state and national unemployment rates of 5.3 and 5.5 percent, respectively.

The Lancaster MSA ranked second in the state with a 4.1 percent unemployment rate, while Harrisburg-Carlisle was tied for third at 4.3 percent.


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WIB Overview

Founded in 1999 as the successor organization to the Lancaster County Private Industry Council, the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board has a mandate through the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to be the lead organization in Lancaster County for workforce planning, to cooperate with State officials in providing business with locally-validated labor market information, and to arrange for a service delivery system that meets the workforce needs of business and the public alike.



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