RFQ Issued for Pathways Work in Food/Agriculture Sector

September 20, 2018
Northeast Indiana Works has issued a Request for Qualifications and Quote (RFQ) for work leading to the development of career pathways in the food and agriculture sector, which has been identified as well-postioned for growth in the region.

Deadline for submissions is Oct. 1, 2018.

The RFQ and a report on the food and agriculture sector can be found here


Local Plan Modification Available for Public Review

August 29, 2018
Northeast Indiana Works has completed a draft modification of its local plan.

The modified plan, available here, is available for public review through Sept. 29, 2018. People can email their comments to

The plan describes in detail Northeast Indiana Works' strategy for developing and delivering high-quality workforce services to job seekers and employers in northeast Indiana.  

Noble County Feedback Sought for Talent Attraction Initiative

July 24, 2018
A consortium of community leaders will host a public gathering Aug. 10 to seek feedback on how Noble County can effectively develop, attract and retain talent to supply existing and future workforce needs.
The gathering will begin at 6 p.m. in the Red Room at the Sylvan Cellars Event Center, 2725 E. Northport Road, Rome City. All ages are welcome and food-for-purchase will be available from 6th and Main. There is also a tasting room for people 21 and older.
The Noble County talent initiative is the foundation of what will become a larger effort to ensure Northeast Indiana’s rural-county populations and amenities are sufficient to support local economies. The initiative is being led by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Noble County Economic Development Corp., Noble County Young Professionals Network, and Northeast Indiana Works.
“We know that, generally speaking, populations in most rural northeast Indiana counties are expected to decline in next few decades, barring any significant demographic shifts,” said Michael Galbraith, director of the Road to One Million campaign at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. “It is imperative we explore strategies that enhance our ability to keep the talent we have here and entice others to move to our rural communities.”

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I cannot explain enough how much Northeast Indiana Works’ Skill-Link classes in industrial maintenance have helped me in my career. They have allowed me to steadily grow in my career and I have now moved into the supervisory ranks. I intend to keep working hard and moving forward with Key Fasteners Corp.
Steven Brock McPeek