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Later this month, the Central Illinois Workforce Board hosts its annual meeting in conjunction with the second annual Talent Force 21 Summit. Talent Force 21 is a partnership between the Central Illinois Workforce Development Board and about 80 community partner organizations representing workforce development, economic development, education, business, labor, government, and community development. These organizations have come together over the past two years to address the significant challenges facing central Illinois as we seek to compete in a 21st century knowledge economy.

Talent Force 21 grew out of the 10 key challenges identified in the groundbreaking research report "21st Century Workforce: Central Illinois." These challenges address the issues of ensuring an adequate supply of quality workers to meet the needs of business and industry in the new knowledge economy. About two dozen community leaders have come forward to champion the 10 challenges for our community. Over the last 18 months, they've brought together about 200 leaders in central Illinois to develop specific goals and action steps for each challenge. The challenges include:

On October 19, the Talent Force 21 Summit reconvenes with a progress report on how our region is addressing these challenges. The Summit also will showcase the many examples of innovation and progress in central Illinois. We look forward to the outcome. IBI