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Group seeks employers' input about labor force future

BEST Inc. posts online survey with Oct. 22 deadline

A growing portion of the population in Bureau, Carroll, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Putnam and Whiteside counties is reaching retirement age, and data show that there is not a population of younger workers in the area to take over their positions.

This age re-distribution cycle will have a dramatic impact on the workforce in the Northwest Central Illinois Region for years to come.

To address this issue, Business Employment Skills Team Inc. (BEST Inc.), on behalf of NCI Works, has undertaken a new initiative to help employers expand their labor force by employing individuals in typically underutilized populations.

To best meet the needs of companies in the region, BEST Inc. is seeking input from individuals involved in the hiring process in the region’s companies in the following fields: advanced manufacturing, agriculture, construction, education, energy production, food processing, government, health care, logistics/transportation, retail, services, and tourism/recreation.

The BEST Inc. Targeted Population Employer Survey is open now and available online at

The survey is intended to help BEST Inc. determine how to adapt its services to link underrepresented populations with appropriate job opportunities in the region. It will be open to respondents through Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. CST.

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