Workforce Development Roundup: Nevada secures Apple investment, Arizona’s electric semi-truck plant, Wyoming’s diversification recommendations

The Chairman’s Initiative of South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard is leveraging the region’s best thinking to bridge the gap between prospective workers and employers in the West. In addition to workshops and webinars, WGA provides periodic updates on workforce development in western states. Image: Las Vegas Review-Journal

Apple broke ground on a new data facility in Reno, Nevada that grows its operations in the Silver State. Apple CEO Tim Cook and Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve attended the event with Gov. Brian Sandoval, who said Apple’s data centers have “helped place this region on the technology and innovation map.”

A Utah-based company has selected Arizona for its new hydrogen-electric semi-truck manufacturing headquarters facility. The 500-acre facility is expected to bring in more than $1 billion in capital investments and create 2,000 jobs.

Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming (ENDOW) released its preliminary findings and initial recommendations following eight months of meetings with community and business stakeholders. The council reports to Gov. Matt Mead and is tasked with identifying way to improve infrastructure, education and workforce training and entrepreneurial development.

South Dakota is piloting Career Launch, an effort to expand the availability of work-based education experiences, apprenticeships, internships and job-shadowing in high school. Gov. Dennis Daugaard emphasized the program and his focus on workforce development in his final State of the State address.  

Entrepreneurs in southwestern Montana credit outdoors-oriented businesses and high-tech manufacturers as playing a vital role in the region’s economy. Access to the outdoors not only brings tourism dollars, but has recruited businesses such as UDAP Industries, which creates pepper spray to deter bear attacks.

Nebraska saw a 15 percent increase in its behavioral health workforce between 2010 and 2016, accordioning to a recent report. “Every percent gain is potentially more access for families,” said Dr. Howard Liu, Director of the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska.

Utah’s 25K Rural Jobs Initiative, launched by Gov. Gary Herbert, is identifying opportunities for less populous counties to diversify their economies. The state functions primarily as a facilitator, helping to secure connections, funding and resources for communities to execute their plans to recruit and retain employers.

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