The Galena Rotary Club announces that its 2019 Roundtable is set for Wednesday, Jan. 9, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa.

The Roundtable topic is “Talent Pipeline Management (TPM)” and its impact on economic development in the region.

Reports indicate there are nearly 400 jobs at all skill levels locally that can’t be filled due to a lack of skills in the local workforce. The TPM program, developed by the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is a system to link businesses with talent providers which includes measurements of progress.

TPM’s goal is to create employer-led collaboratives that communicate local, specific hiring requirements to talent providers; giving those providers an opportunity to train in the skills businesses require. Having a skilled workforce allows businesses to expand and locate in the region.

The Roundtable is built around the advantages of TPM; the businesses that are leading the program; the role of public and private education in supporting this system and a segment dealing with preparedness of young people for their first job.

Jason Tyszko, co-creator of TPM, will open the conference describing how the system works, it’s benefits and successes. A business panel composed of businesses volunteering in the employer-led collaboratives will discuss their experience and successes. A second panel composed of local educators will discuss what steps education is taking to support TPM.

A third panel will discuss work attitudes on the part of first-time employees in relation to employer expectations. A light lunch will be offered midday. In the afternoon breakout sessions will be held to answer questions and gather input from attendees.

The cost is $45. Registration before Jan. 9 is $40. For more information contact John Cooke, the Rotary Club of Galena, at 815-777-3895.

Sponsors are The Galena Gazette, League of Women Voters of Jo Daviess County and Northwest Illinois Economic Development.