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NewsWIB January 2020
Spotlight on Labor Market Information
Spotlight on Census 2020
The 2020 U.S. Census is underway with planning and hiring and it is vitally important to Ohio’s economic future. The results form the basis of every population-driven decision that affects Ohioans, including where to build factories, hospitals, roads and schools. The Census determines the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funding to local communities and Ohio’s representation in Congress. If projections continue their downward trend, Ohio will lose one seat in Congress.

Community awareness of the 2020 Census is important. An under count means fewer resources for everyone. For every one person not counted, Hamilton County loses $1,814 of federal funding annually for 10 years. Due to an under count in the 2010 Census, it has been estimated that a total of $34 billion in federal funding was lost in the last decade in Cincinnati ($16.4 billion) and Hamilton County ($17.6 billion). 

Mayor Cranley and Commissioner Driehaus have convened a Greater Cincinnati Complete Count Committee (known as the CCC) to encourage households to fill out the 2020 Census and contribute to a full count of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and our surrounding region.

The 2020 Census is easy, safe and important for everyone to be counted. For 2020, this is the first time that individuals will be able to complete the Census survey online. Each household will receive a card in the mail with a password for submitting information. Please encourage those without internet access to use a computer at their nearest library or come to the OhioMeansJobs Center at 1916 Central Parkway to complete your census entry on-line.

There are posters, brochures and other materials to help you and others you talk to understand the importance of the 2020 Census. Visit Census.ohio.gov . Also visit Census.ohio.gov to learn about Census jobs that are available. The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for a variety of temporary positions throughout the state. The jobs include Census takers, recruiters, office staff and more, with pay ranging from $14 to $32 per hour. Finally, be sure to visit Census.ohio.gov and connect with members of your local Complete Count Committee. These local volunteer groups serve as “Census ambassadors” that help motivate all of our fellow citizens to complete their form. 

We need all of our leaders and citizens to complete and contribute their own census form and help ensure that everyone in their family, neighborhood, religious and community groups complete their forms so our region is fully counted. 
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Spotlight on National Recognition
“OneAmerica is a statewide community organizing, advocacy, and civic engagement organization in Washington State that improves economic opportunities for immigrant and refugee communities encountering significant barriers due to immigration statuses, language ability, and recent arrival to the United States. As part of their economic justice work, OneAmerica is working closely with the Seattle-King County Workforce Development Council (WDC) to track its advancement of racial, gender, immigration, and language equity. As a part of this effort, Innovation Network is conducting interviews with sectoral experts to gather their perspectives to design a metrics and data development agenda for OneAmerica and the Seattle-King County WDC. This will help to insure that the WDC is adopting a robust set of measures that enables it to better understand how its efforts advance equity.” 
Sherry Kelley Marshall, President&CEO of SWORWIB/Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board, was recommended by workforce leaders advancing this research agenda. She participated in a lively question, answer and discussion on January 10, 2020, kicking off the New Year with sharing about SWORWIB’s successful efforts in Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
Spotlight on Rapid Response
EG American Utilizes Rapid Responses Services
EG America acquired Kroger’s convenience store portfolio in April 2018 and the company grew to 1,000+ stores with locations across the United States. EG America established its headquarters in Cincinnati. EG America’s parent company is EG Group, located in Blackburn, England. EG Group is the world’s leading independent fuel station and convenience retailer, with a diversified portfolio of sites across eight countries in Europe and North America. As part of its strategy to deliver profitable growth, EG Group partnered with premium brands across its product and service offerings. On November 1, 2019, EG America filed notification to the State of Ohio of the permanent closing of its Cincinnati Headquarters impacting approximately 200 employees with permanent termination and closure of operations on December 31, 2019. 

The Rapid Response Team, led by Leah Winkler of the State of Ohio Rapid Response group conducted three “re-employment" orientation sessions on Thursday, November 21, 2019 to the entire staff at EG America. A hiring event was also organized and held at the EG America offices during the second week of December, 2019.
The hiring event for EG America (on site, at their office building, see picture to the left) was well-attended by the laid off workers. There were 11 appropriately targeted employers attending and interviewing the workers. Western Southern, Kroger, 5th/3rd, US Bank, Robert Half, Mercy Health and Vaco among them. 73 job seekers from EG America attended and spoke with the participating employers. Interested employers were encouraged to put together a customized recruitment email that the EG America HR Team forwarded to the employees. One HR leader shared that two applications were received within minutes of the customized email being released to the EG America employees. Several HR leaders expressed interest in connecting to the Rapid Response opportunity where various employer teams could meet with people who were losing their jobs through no fault of their own and actively seeking their next employment opportunity. The SWORWIB, OMJ Team and Rapid Response Team gives thanks to those employers who participated fully in the December hiring event with their recruitment teams reviewing opportunities and arranging interviews with a variety of candidates. 
Spotlight on Partnerships
A Working Partnership for Workers and Families
Carol Sorenson-Williams, a Board member and Officer of the SWORWIB, recently joined the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) Human Resources Team. Carol wanted to inform CCHMC staff of programs available via SWORWIB, OhioMeansJobs, Hamilton County Job and Family and started the conversation with OMJ Center Director Kevin Holt about what is available and how to educate CCHMC departments, employees and prospective employees that could be served at or through the OMJ Center. After explorations and discussions, Holt and Sorenson-Williams began some first efforts that have been advantageous for CCHMC’s entry-level workers and their families and also for patient families. The communications about SWORWIB, OMJ Center and Hamilton County Job and Family Services resources for disadvantaged individuals offers an interesting opportunity for ways to help individuals who are working and still could benefit from specialized services.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) is one of the top entities in the county suggesting and helping their possibly-eligible-employees to apply for additional resources to support their employment and family living. Particularly helpful to employees and families is a grant received by Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services called the Prevention/Retention/Contingency (PRC) program.

OMJ Center Director Kevin Holt’s team has been terrific about educating CCHMC leaders on what is available. CCHMC Departments of: Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition, Education, Development & Growth for Employees (EDGE) program, School at Work (SAW), Urban League, Family Services, Dept of Financial Advocates, Susan Stiles, Dr. Victor Garcia, Cradle Cincinnati Connections (and more!) all have received OMJ materials, PRC application templates, along with other community contacts and programs to enable provision of resources to staff. Children’s Department of Diversity and Inclusion reached out and found additional materials for lower wage workers, crafted special coaching and education for Managers about the "CLIFF" effect and how to assist employees, especially with the 2020 $15 an hour minimum wage announcement by Children’s.

Although a total count of all Children’s employees or families that have been able to receive funding through the PRC grant is not yet determined, estimates are that 207 employees and their families have been supported with an average funding approval of $1686 and total PRC funding of $349,093 from June 1, 2019 through December 23, 2019.

HCJFS is aware that one partner at CCHMC, John Pramuk, Café Services Manager, has been tracking and notes that these funds have helped 30 café staff gain funds to pay for items needed to get to work or to support café employee children. Children’s Department of Financial Advocates believes four families that were receiving medical treatment at Children’s were also able to obtain PRC grant funding for their unique and critical needs. 

This depth of partnership in the furtherance of community assistance to support entry-level workers demonstrates that creativity, exploration and commitment make a big difference for the workforce and the employer. And it all started thanks to serving on the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board and one meeting with the OMJ Center Director Kevin Holt.
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