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Creating & Sustaining Partnerships – the Sauk County Experience. WBIA Conference November 4, 2005 Karna Hanna, CEcD, Executive Director Sauk County Development Corporation. US Department of Commerce “Strengthening America’s Communities”. Economic Development Administration (EDA)

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creating sustaining partnerships the sauk county experience

Creating & Sustaining Partnerships – the Sauk County Experience

WBIA Conference

November 4, 2005

Karna Hanna, CEcD, Executive Director

Sauk County Development Corporation

us department of commerce strengthening america s communities
US Department of Commerce“Strengthening America’s Communities”
  • Economic Development Administration (EDA)
  • International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
  • National Association of Regional Councils (NARC)
  • The New Reality: Regions
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship are the drivers of wealth and prosperity
  • Development of workforce skills is a critical component of regional economic prosperity
  • Higher education plays an increasingly key role
guiding principles
Guiding Principles:
  • Federal assistance should have a regional focus.
  • Workforce, community, & economic development strategies should be integrated.
  • Regions must be based upon economic spheres of interconnected communities – not on political boundaries.
political boundary constraints for economic workforce development
Political Boundary Constraints for Economic & Workforce Development
  • Artificial
  • Foster atmosphere of competition – not cooperation & collaboration
  • Government funding comes with strings attached
sauk county development corporation
Sauk County Development Corporation
  • Incorporation – 1976
  • Response to Badger (BAAP) crisis
  • Benefits of REGIONAL collaboration
  • Staying the course
  • What did you do for me lately?
multiple partners
Multiple Partners






















career enhancement opportunities
Career Enhancement Opportunities
  • Goal: To expand the pool of qualified job seekers for manufacturing & distribution companies in Sauk, Columbia, & Juneau Counties
  • Objective: Create a vehicle to attract, train, and pre-qualify candidates for manufacturing & distribution jobs
ceo partners
CEO Partners
  • Nine manufacturing and distribution companies
  • Two technical colleges
  • Two high schools
  • One workforce development board
  • Three economic development corporations
  • One utility company
ceo accomplishments
CEO Accomplishments
  • Employer driven collaborative curriculum
  • New employee recruits to manufacturing/distribution sector
  • Greater exposure for manufacturing/

distribution sector

  • Collaborative business climate
  • Foundation for future collaboration
industry partnership project
Industry Partnership Project
  • Goal: To provide opportunities for dislocated & incumbent workers to climb the career ladder in manufacturing and healthcare companies
  • Objectives:

Promote job quality & job access

Make lifelong learning a reality

Increase private-sector input & leadership

ipp partners
IPP Partners
  • Department of Labor - $1.14 million grant
  • Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin
  • Jobs With a Future (COWS)
  • Two Technical Colleges including satellite campuses
  • Three Development Corporations
  • Six Job Centers
  • 102 Manufacturing & Health Care Companies
ipp accomplishments
IPP Accomplishments
  • Relevant training programs designed by collaborative teams of employers
  • Over 800 hours of free training valued at $295,000 delivered to over 800 workers
  • Additional opportunities to develop cost-effective collaborative training
  • Revised MATC curriculum
  • Foundation for future collaboration
grow partnership project
“GROW” Partnership Project


  • To extend geographic reach of JWF
  • To improve regional strategic planning
  • To support & enhance JWF’s capacity to address regions critical workforce needs
grow partners
“GROW” Partners
  • Department of Workforce Development - $120,500 grant
  • Two Workforce Development Boards
  • Jobs With a Future
  • 52+ employers
  • Representatives from area labor organizations, technical colleges, development corporations, chambers, non-profits, and government
common themes
Common Themes
  • Geographic boundaries that change with each mission or project
    • Political Efficiencies
    • Labor Shed
    • Trade Area
    • Industrial Clusters
  • Multiple partners
  • Common goals
  • Enhanced benefit for all partners