Around Town with Judy Martini: 2016 Lake County Leaders Summit

Lake County Government and the Lake County Partners hosted their third Leaders Summit in Gurnee recently. This year’s theme was finding ways to strengthen Lake County's workforce ecosystem. Over 175 business leaders, elected officials and civic leaders were in attendance to hear the panelists discuss issues which affect local businesses.

This year’s panelists were Jeffrey Anderson, President of Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, Gerald Weber, President of the College of Lake County, Jennifer Serino, Director of Lake County Workforce Development, Brad Mueller, Chief of Operations at Healthsmart, and Kevin Meyers, Superintendent of Mundelein High School. The main discussion with the panelists was the importance of strengthening relations between employers, employee needs and education for an employment pathway for students to have successful careers in the business world. It was stressed that schools needs to have a curriculum which includes training opportunities to match up with workforce development needs

Aaron Lawlor, Chairman of the Lake County Board, gave an overview, pointing out that Lake County has a highly educated workforce with over 42% of residents having a bachelor’s degree and that the County unemployment rate is not as high as the State average, but more needs to be done, especially in the manufacturing industry. He also discussed the County's work plan to advance 911 facility consolidations, shared services and procurement possibilities to save tax dollars, and the County's $557 Million six year road improvement plan.

Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, did a presentation on the subject of the State of the State and that there is a focus on local government consolidation at local levels where it makes sense to have a more cost effective and smaller form of government.