Skilled To Work: Impact on NE Indiana

The northeast Indiana economy is booming. Adam Welch with Greater Fort Wayne says the success is coming from multiple industries.

Posted: Apr 24, 2019 8:58 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Jobs that require skilled workers are a major part of our economy here in northeast Indiana.

The northeast Indiana economy is booming. Adam Welch with Greater Fort Wayne says the success is coming from multiple industries.

"Things are going, I mean, extremely well in both our region and our county. And I can honestly point to nearly any business, I could give you a list, but any construction business, any plumber, any HVAC, electricity, manufacturing, industrial maintenance, you name it, the list is endless."

Welch says the success of those companies and the local economy depends on people filling those jobs.

"These skilled trades jobs are critical to the future of our economy. When you have the combination of increased numbers of people retiring and what I believe is a region on the rise, and then youth who are not going into these fields, you have a gap that needs filled."

And Welch says Greater Fort Wayne is teaming up with local educators to tell those kids about local jobs and give them the tools they need to be successful.

"We're looking at 30,000 jobs being needed in construction and manufacturing in the next decade. So if we don't prioritize these and change the perception, then we're going to have a lot of open jobs that need to be filled."

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