Over the last week in Montgomery County we have seen workforce development rise to the top of conversation—from maintaining the funding for the science center at Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus to the activities of the MDBio Foundation. Montgomery County needs healthy and robust workforce development efforts in order to remain and sustain a strong economic position in the region.

When done correctly, workforce and economic development brings together community colleges, offices of economic development, workforce boards, labor market entities, and other community organizations to improve the economic prosperity of business, workers, and communities.

Montgomery County’s future economic competitiveness and long term success is directly tied to the quality and skills of its workforce. Now is the time for the county and leadership to develop strategies to strengthen the county’s role in workforce development, including identifying stakeholders, building connections, and economic development.

The County’s biggest competitive edge is our workforce. The time is now for the business community to actively support workforce development programs and initiatives.