Richland Workforce Pulse

Richland Workforce Pulse

The Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development hosts this series focused on workforce development in Richland County, Ohio, with discussion about how it relates to the state and surrounding region. Hosted by Clint Knight, Director of Workforce Development, we will cover unemployment trends, employee retention and engagement, recruiting and communication methods, employee education and upskilling, talent gaps, and potential funding sources for training. Special thanks to the Area 10 Workforce Development Board for making this series possible. Richland County is located in North Central Ohio and includes the communities of Bellville, Butler, Lexington, Lucas, Madison, Mansfield, Ontario, Plymouth, Shelby, and Shiloh.


January 4, 2023 16 min
Grace McCormck is a business reporter at The Richland Source, based in Mansfield, Ohio. This week, she joins Clint Knight on The Workforce Pulse to talk about how she landed in Richland County, and how it looks through the lens of a transplanted journalist. Grace's story is an inspirational account of post-college success - and the opportunities and adventures that Richland County Ohio has afforded her.

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When Dan Smith left Richland County for college, he probably had no idea he would return to work at the historic Ohio State reformatory. However, he did know that he wanted to use his talents to help promote the community where he grew up. In this episode of the Workforce Pulse podcast, Dan shares his story, and how he made his way and realized a dream right here at home.

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There are an increasing number of interesting stories of individuals who have moved to Richland County or grew up in Richland County, moved away and then returned. The next episode of Workforce Pulse features the story of Jarrod Kiser, a young engineer and Lexington grad who moved away and has recently returned. Cling Knight discovers the home town assets that drew Jared back on the podcast.

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There is space for leaders in Richland County. Jason Guilliams started his career here as an entrepreneur and quickly found opportunity to make a difference. By being a part of several leadership boards, Guilliams brings his talents to the table for his community on a regular basis - and you can too. Hear Jason’s story about finding his career path here in Richland County Ohio.

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Born in Texas, but landed in Ohio, Jessica Hiser’s story is one of exploration, realization, and relocation. After college, Jessica explored opportunity - all while having a romantic connection to Richland County. Ultimately, love won and she landed here in Mansfield with a full heart and a lot of talent. In this week's episode of Workforce Pulse, Jessica tells the entire story about how she landed in Richland County with the o...
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Richland County is a family of communities, and Walt Bonham helps tie those communities together with food. Bonham returned to Richland County after college and career ventures, and quickly immersed himself in community development, using his specific skills and passions. In this episode of “Workforce Pulse” hear Walt's story and learn about his involvement in local Urban Farming and Cooperative Growing.

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Setting the stage for Season 2 of The Workforce Pulse Podcast, are Lee Tasseff of Destination Mansfield and Jodie Perry of The Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development.

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Investing in our future workers is paramount to addressing the current workforce shortage. Amy Wood, Director of Special Projects at the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center, joins the Workforce Pulse podcast to discuss innovations in work-based learning, virtual reality training, why it’s crucial for business and education to partner, and the READY FOR HIRE program.

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Economic Development, Workforce Development, and Community Development all intersect at the North End Community Improvement Collaborative in Mansfield. Executive Director Deanna West-Torrence joins the Workforce Pulse Podcast to talk about identifying and overcoming barriers for job seekers and the importance of understanding the true needs of a community.

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The Workforce Pulse Podcast welcomes Jessica Hiser, Director of Marketing and Advertising for Spherion Mid-Ohio and an expert in communicating workforce needs in the area. She has spent the last decade developing marketing strategies for job openings across Mid-Ohio.

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Barrett Thomas, Director of Economic Development in Richland County, discuss how workforce factors into Economic Development efforts, automation trends in various industry sectors, and talent alignment.

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Dr. Dorey Diab, President of North Central State College in Mansfield, OH, joins the podcast this week. In this episode, we discuss educational attainment and how it relates to economic prosperity, as well as collaboration between business and education to meet the skill needs of the region.

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Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Director Matt Damschroder joins the podcast to explain how we arrive at the Unemployment percentage number, the difference between that number and the actual number of unemployment claims, and what programs are available to help employers and job seekers alike.

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Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development Director of Workforce Development, Clint Knight, is joined by Lt. Governor Jon Husted, as they discuss the ups and downs of labor participation and unemployment through the pandemic, and the trends post-pandemic. Clint and Jon also discuss the opportunities and need for upskilling in Ohio, and potential funding sources to make that happen.

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