Northern Colorado Workforce Development Partnership Between Weld and Larimer County, First in the State
In order to better serve the residents and businesses of the Northern Colorado region and to ensure the success of shared workforce development goals, the Weld County Board of Commissioners, along with the Board of Commissioners of Larimer County, signed and approved the first regional workforce memorandum. agreement between Weld County Employment Services (ESWC) and Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development (LCEWD).
For several years, ESWC and LCEWD have been intentionally working towards greater harmonization and collaboration as the region develops. To build on the partnership between LCEWD and ESWC, a Northern Colorado Regional Workforce Development Partnership was developed, outlining strategic regional workforce initiatives.
“While ESWC has partnered with Larimer County for workforce events and activities for some time, as we continue to grow our partnership, we wanted to have a memorandum of understanding to state officially our regionalism and collaboration when it comes to serving employers and job seekers in Northern Colorado. This official workforce partnership is the first in Colorado. We hope it will lead the way to other counties to collaborate if it makes sense for them,” said ESWC Director Karina Amaya-Ragland.
Larimer County Board Chair Kristin Stephens and LCEWD staff attended last Wednesday’s meeting to support the deal. Larimer County signed the partnership at their meeting the day before Tuesday.
“It’s another way to connect our communities. We know a lot of people in both of our communities work in one community, live in another and that’s a great way for us to start forging those collaborations and relationships – we need to make sure our region is strong,” explained Commissioner Larimer Stephens.
Weld County Commissioner and Weld County Department of Social Services Commissioner Coordinator Lori Saine thanked Commissioner Stephens and the LCEWD team for making the trip to Greeley and spoke about the importance of working at the regional level.
“If we help each other, we can help everyone. It is important to recognize that this is a regional effort and that we are stronger together. We are not in competition, but in collaboration for our communities and our residents,” said Weld County Commissioner Saine.
For more information on ESWC, visit www.eswc.org.