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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

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