Tags : First Coast Region

Mike Grella on the Critical Importance of Sustainability in Site

I’ve seen many changes to site selection criteria – and many constants – since I began my career as an economic development advisor and attorney in 1995. What hasn’t changed includes labor availability, infrastructure issues, proximity to customers, market risk, tax and regulatory considerations and quality of life concerns. Over the past several years, location […]Read More

Mentoring a Child Can Spark a Career

Potential. How do we help children in our community – especially children experiencing challenges at home or school – reach their potential? One proven strategy is through the one-to-one mentoring relationships offered through Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Johns County (BBBS). BBBS offers both site and community-based mentoring which match children ages 6-12 with […]Read More

Career Training Turns Students Into Employees

In February of this year, NPR updated a piece that had been written in 2018, adding new data and stories on the topic of jobs and education. As was the case in 2018, high-paying trade jobs — jobs that don’t require a college education — are going unfilled. In fact, according to the Associated General […]Read More

Innovative Ways to Attract and Train Talent

While finding and training new talent to fulfill roles has traditionally been challenging, the events of recent years have made it even more difficult. Many businesses on the First Coast have had to come up with innovative new ways to attract and train candidates in order to stay ahead in a competitive labor market. Flagler […]Read More

College to Careers – An Intern(al) Investigation

The word internship can mean many different things to many different people, especially as it pertains to the generational stigma that individuals may have to associate with their personal experience working as an intern. But as one takes a deep dive into the internship experience in its current state, many students of yesteryear, who may […]Read More

What’s So Funny About Improv in the Workplace?

Early in my career, I worked in corporate marketing and communications for a health care company. I was so green that I didn’t yet know the definition of the silo effect – the lack of communication and common goals between departments in an organization. Or maybe it wasn’t because I was green … maybe it […]Read More

Gen-Z Goes to Work

Today’s workforce is in the throes of quite a shift. As one ancient adage says, “a generation is going, and a generation is coming.” The Pew Research Center defines Generation Z (or Gen-Z) as anyone born after 1996 who is not currently older than 24 or 25. How do employers made up of Millennials and […]Read More

The Road Ahead: Your Future Worker Strategy Needs to Contain

In 2021, I was the lead author of a white paper titled “The Demographic Drought,” which started a global conversation about the “Sansdemic,” or without people, problem the U.S. and other developed nations were experiencing. In 2022, the U.S. faced historical labor shortages as a nation flush with cash tried to buy goods and services […]Read More

Community Service Is Good Business

Teens-In-Flight Teens-In-Flight is a 501(C)3 foundation formed in 2006 by (Ret.) Marine Col. Jack Howell to support our military’s youth, first responders and “at-risk” teens. Through the modem of aerospace education, Teens-In-Flight opens the doors of opportunity to teens of a parent wounded in action and disabled. Another phase of the program also focuses on […]Read More