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Economic Development Plan
The Economic Development Plan (EDP) 5.0 for Racine County is built around five challenges. These challenges represent the areas that most directly affect the economic vitality of Racine County. They were arrived through the active involvement of the RCEDC Board of Directors, Racine County Board of Supervisors, and the five Lead Partners.
- Challenge One:To create an entrepreneurial culture in Racine County.
- Challenge Two: To focus on a proactive business recruitment program and a business retention and expansion (BRE) program that will create and retain jobs, create additional tax base, and increase personal income in Racine County.
- Challenge Three: To utilize the existing natural and cultural resources, recreational opportunities, and business location advantages to promote a positive image of Racine County to existing residents and those outside the County.
- Challenge Four: To take advantage of the development opportunities that exist as a result of the Chicago-Milwaukee Corridor and to properly link land use with future business development County-wide.
- Challenge Five: To link education and training in a manner that provides a competitive workforce to meet the present and future needs of local employers and to create opportunities for low-income, disadvantaged, and minority individual to prepare for and obtain employment.
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To link education and training in a manner that provides a competitive workforce to meet the present and future needs of local employers and to create opportunities for low-income, disadvantaged, and minority individuals to prepare for and obtain employment.
|A||Ensure that the educational content provided in the County's PreK-12 system is personalized, allowing for rigorous learning by students and engagement based on possible career aspirations. Students will use multiple processes and technology to achieve their academic goals.|
|B||As a foundation for ensuring more reliable, productive employees and with a focus on geographic pockets of concentrated poverty, assist and empower low-income residents to function well in their day-to-day lives and to take responsibility for themselves and their families.|
|C||Provide the infrastructure for new and expanding business and industry in areas of high unemployment and identify appropriate business targets with the potential to locate in and/or expand in these areas in order to employ the unemployed and underemployed persons that will be educated and trained through the programs identified elsewhere in the plan.|
|D||Provide alternative transportation options that more clearly link underutilized workers in the community with employment and educational opportunities within Racine County and between Racine County and other counties in the region.|
|E||Develop diversified approaches to met the workforce needs of employers within Racine County.|
|F||Develop a program that transforms the perception about Racine County among certain key "persuadable" populations.|
|Lead Partner: Racine County Workforce Development Board
Support Partners: United Way of Racine County, Racine County Economic Development Corporation, Office of the Racine County Executive, Real Racine, Local Chambers of Commerce, Local School Districts and Private Schools, UW-Parkside and Gateway Technical College.