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North Lake Tahoe Business Walks to focus on workforce issues

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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association/CVB/Chamber and Tahoe Prosperity Center are coordinating business interviews throughout the North Tahoe region on June 8, 9 and 10.

These short interviews will be an opportunity for businesses to inform the Tahoe Prosperity Center about current workforce challenges and other issues.

The NLTRA/CVB/Chamber, the Tahoe City Public Utility District and Northstar and Heavenly ski resorts realize how critical this information is for our communities.

They have each invested funding in the Workforce Tahoe project because in order to plan smartly, make well-informed decisions and be competitive in today's global economy, we must all understand the current and future workforce needs.

The Tahoe Prosperity Center Workforce Tahoe Project does just that. Through these business interviews, labor market analysis and community conversations around these issues, we can be proactive about addressing challenges.

"We expect to discuss housing options, skills training, talent recruitment, tourism industry changes and wages," stated Heidi Hill Drum, executive director of the Tahoe Prosperity Center. "That is why our partnership with regional governments, schools and colleges, small businesses and major employers in the region is so important – we all need to be working together to address these important topics."

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The Tahoe Prosperity Center in partnership with the Tahoe Chamber, El Dorado County and Lake Tahoe Community College, coordinated similar business walks in March on the South Shore.

That data will be compiled with information from the North Shore business walks to find common themes regarding workforce issues in the region.

All data will be studied comparatively to other regions our regional labor market. And finally, a set of recommended strategies to address workforce challenges will be implemented.

"We hope to include Truckee businesses and residents in these conversations as well," Hill Drum added. "We are currently fundraising in order to include Truckee in the Workforce project, so please consider donating at tahoeprosperity.org/donate."

This article was provided by the nonprofit Tahoe Prosperity Center. Visit tahoeprosperity.org to learn more.