Greetings Burlington/West Burlington! I am so excited to be here in this fantastic area. I have been struck by the plethora of assets contributing to the region’s quality of life. The natural beauty, the Mississippi River, the historic structures and many recreation offerings are second to none. Coupling that with the strength of Great River Health Care Systems, robust tourism amenities, a phenomenal historic downtown district, thriving retail operations and diverse manufacturing sector, it all comes together to make the greater Burlington area a very desirable place to live, work and play.
Recruiting, retaining and developing talent is a top priority for the next several years. It will require a multi-faceted approach. We will need to develop new programs to address the growing gap between employer needs and worker skills. We need to help prepare today’s students for future in-demand careers in the major industry sectors in the greater Burlington area. Further, we need to identify barriers to recruiting talent and then develop strategies to address those concerns. Partnerships will be critical for success.
I am looking forward to the challenges ahead. Hopes, dreams, opportunities – I want to hear them all. Together, let’s continue to build the greater Burlington area to its full potential!
Della Schmidt, President & CEO