The WDC will conduct a series of research and collect data needed for Greenville’s economic development. Contributed image
The Greenville Chamber, Greenville Area Development Corp., Appalachian Council of Governments, and SC Works have formed the Workforce Data Collaborative (WDC), with the goal of improving workforce participation and creating opportunities to encourage engagement among employees.
“Together with our WDC partners, we are absolute in our resolve to remove barriers to workforce participation and promote pathways to gainful employment," Greenville Chamber President and CEO Carlos Phillips said. "Now is the time for the business community to be a part of the solution by providing the data necessary to guide our efforts.”
According to the WDC, four major barriers to employment include transportation, child care, housing and criminal records. The WDC will conduct a series of research and collect data needed for Greenville’s economic development, starting with transportation in key areas.
The first phase of research began May 15, when transportation-focused surveys were distributed to employers and employees in the downtown area. It will be available until June 1.
The results of the research will then be analyzed and shared with business leaders and policymakers.