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Workforce Now: A Regional Research Initiative

RERI is a partner in Workforce Now, a regional research initiative to identify current and future talent requirements for the five counties of Southwest Florida. The initiative was created in October 2012 as an outcome of the Education Summits produced by The News-Press Media Group. It is envisioned as a systematic, strategic multi-year focus on understanding and meeting critical workforce needs.

Workforce Now is a unique regional collaborate workforce research effort between FGCU, Edison State College, and Hodges University.

The research effort was led by Dr. Gary Jackson of FGCU in close cooperation with Dr. John Meyer, Dean of the School of Business and Technology at Edison State University and Dr. Aysegul Timur, Program Chair, Business Administration & Public Administration, Johnson School of Business, Hodges University.

A special thanks to Mei-Mei Chan, President and Publisher of the News-Press Media Group and to the research sponsors:

  • The News-Press Media Group
  • Partnership for Collier's Future Economy
  • The Lee County Industrial Development Authority
  • The Southwest Florida Workforce Development Board
  • Arthrex, Inc.
  • Busey Bank
  • Chico's FAS, Inc.
  • Manhattan Construction
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Edison State College
  • Hodges University

Workforce Now Reports (beginning with most recent report)

IT Employment in Southwest Florida: Opportunities and Challenges
October 2014 pdf (45 pages)
This study examines information technology related fields; the education, certification, and experience required for employment - as well as the employment outlook - in those fields; and prospective positions resulting from emerging technologies. The study covers employers in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendy, and Lee Counties. It clusters employers into four groups ranging from 1-5 to greater than 500.

Workforce Overview Study: 2014
October 2014 pdf (71 pages)
This report is the 2014 overview of the Southwest Florida labor market, updating the information presented in the 2013 document.

Workforce Overview Study: 2013
October 2013 pdf (78 pages)
This study identifies the mix of industries, the industry growth trends, occupational mix, current employment gaps, and the average annual projected demand for regional occupations through the year 2020.

Key Stakeholders Interviews: Educational Institutions
September 2013 pdf (35 pages)
In this third study of the Workforce Now initiatives, the study team conducted interviews with key stakeholders from public and private educational institutions representing universities, colleges, technical schools, and K-12 school systems in the region.

Identification of Critical Position and Skill Gaps for: Financial/Insurance/Banking; Construction/Manufacturing; and Tourism/Hospitality
May 14, 2013 pdf (80 pages)
This report is the second in the Workforce Now series. It is a review of firms in three key business sectors. Thirteen firms volunteered their time to assist the research team in identifying their workforce gaps and skill requirements.

Three Major Employers in SW Florida: Identification of Critical Position / Skill Gaps
April 5, 2013 pdf (96 pages)
For this first report, three major employers in Southwest Florida were interviewed to better understand their critical employment gaps and help identify skill sets needed for those positions. The report is an analysis of information gained from a survey and interviews of those employers.


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