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16 October 2019 Luray/Page County Shenandoah County Front Royal/Warren County Winchester Frederick County Clarke County News

October 16, 2019

WINCHESTER – The Frederick County Economic Development Authority has partnered with Development Counsellors International to craft a “Talent Solutions Strategy.” The goal of the strategy is to attract and retain young adults in the region.

The study began back in September. DCI visited the region to conduct focus groups. Currently, the EDA has released a public online survey for residents to complete. According EDA Marketing Manager Wendy May, the goal of the survey is to better understand the region’s assets and challenges when retaining and attracting residents and employees to the Northern Shenandoah Valley region. The data collected from the survey will be on input into the Talent Solutions Strategy.

The survey is open until Oct. 18. DCI intends to collect data from the survey, focus groups and interviews with human resource managers and recruiters to craft the full strategy. The Talent Solutions Strategy is scheduled to be presented in December. That presentation will include a timeline, budget for implementation and metrics to support the findings.

The EDA is also working with Clarke, Page, Shenandoah and Warren Counties to conduct the study. The survey currently has over 500 responses but the EDA is looking for more, especially from younger workers in the Shenandoah Valley. The survey can be found online.

DCI was awarded an $88,400 contract to develop the strategy for the Counties and the Frederick EDA.


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