Next Generation Sector Partnership Launches in Laramie
Monday, January 7, started off with an important meeting for the manufacturers of Laramie. This meeting’s purpose brought together 13 different manufacturers in Albany County to discuss the needs and opportunities for the sector.
The Next Generation Sector Partnership in Laramie launched Monday as an industry-led, community-supported partnership to strengthen the economy and connect people to jobs. A community support team was in the room including staff from The Alliance, Laramie County Community College, University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Technology Business Center, Manufacturing-Works, the City of Laramie, Albany County and the Laramie Workforce Center.
This launch meeting was the first step in getting the program off the ground with local manufacturers. At this meeting, a facilitator from the national Next Generation Partnerships organization led the group through three step process. First, the group identifies opportunities, then discussed how they could take advantage of the opportunities, and finally asked which leaders from the sector could help by acting. The next meeting will be held in March with the sector leaders discussing the opportunities found and what action items what will look like. Community partners will also actively participate in the next round of meetings as they help take advantage of the found opportunities.
Opportunities found by the Laramie manufacturers ranged from creating apprenticeship programming to education liaison programs, while opportunities for community beautification and attracting a young workforce to Laramie also made the list.
The Next Generation Sector Partnership came to Wyoming in September with an academy in Lander that business champions from various Wyoming communities attended. After learning about the program, the Laramie champions returned ready to launch the program in Albany County.