Weld and Larimer workforce development partnership is first of its kind in Colorado – Greeley Tribune

To build on an already strong workforce partnership, Weld and Larimer County developed the Northern Colorado Regional Workforce Development Partnership.

The Weld County Board of Commissioners, alongside the Larimer County Board of Commissioners, signed the first Regional Workforce Memorandum of Understanding between Weld County Employment Services and Economic Development and Larimer County Workforce, according to a news release from Weld.

For several years, the employment services of both counties have been intentionally working toward greater harmonization and collaboration as the northern Colorado region develops.

Through strategic regional workforce initiatives, the Northern Colorado Regional Workforce Development Partnership helps the partnership grow while best serving area residents and businesses and ensuring the success of workforce development goals, the statement said.

Despite a past collaboration between the two counties, Karina Amaya-Ragland, director of Weld County Employment Services, said she wants a memorandum of understanding to formally declare regionalism and collaboration when it comes to to serve northern Colorado employers and job seekers.

“This official workforce partnership is the first in Colorado,” Amaya-Ragland said. “We hope this paves the way for other counties to collaborate if it makes sense to them.”

At last week’s Weld Commissioners meeting, Larimer County Board Chair Kristin Stephens and Larimer County Labor and Economic Development staff were on hand to support the agreement. The day before, Larimer signed the partnership during their meeting.

“It’s another way to connect our communities,” Stephens said. “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.

Weld County Commissioner Lori Saine, also Coordinating Commissioner of the Weld County Department of Social Services, thanked Team Larimer for traveling to Greeley for the meeting.

“If we help each other, we can help everyone,” Saine said. “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.

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