A Natural Workforce Solution

Written by Dave Wegge

How can employers in the Green Bay Area find workers with the skillsets their organizations need? Clearly they can attract and retain new workers from outside our area, but they might want to consider training and retaining individuals right here in our area. And there’s a potential workforce available! [Click A Natural Workforce Solution to read the full article.]

High Tech Advancements and Job Growth

January 2021
Phil Hauck, Economic Disruption & Transformation Signals Team

I was recently introduced to a futurist named Thomas Frey of the DaVinci Institute. In a recent blog post, he makes the point that all these high-tech advancements that are replacing jobs aren’t a negative, but historically have been a positive. The negative impact gets attention because it is “seeable,” an unemployment statistic. What’s unseen is this: When a robot replaces a job in a factory, the job-holder is theoretically now in a worse position, looking for another job and/or living on unemployment. But, Frey illustrates, the product that robot created will now appeal to more and more people, creating other jobs up the line, and provide a better quality of life. That, in turn, yields a more dynamic economy that spawns more jobs.

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What a Year, What a Year!

Written by Dave Wegge

During this pandemic I have been watching a great deal of old shows on YouTube. Recently I saw bits by Rodney Dangerfield. He would always open his act by coming on stage, adjusting his tie, and saying “What a crowd, what a crowd.” I would revise that for this message as “What a year, what a year!” 

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Stop and Thank the People Who Make a Difference in Our Lives

Written by Dave Wegge

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives,” President John F. Kennedy 

As we approach the end of 2020, this quote from President Kennedy captures my deep gratitude for the people who have contributed to the Bay Area Community Council’s (BACC) accomplishments over the past year. 

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We Can Play in the AI Arena

Written by Phil Hauck

While our area has fallen behind on efforts toward economic transformation, the signals tell us we’re in a great position now to be a real player – even in the area of artificial intelligence. The first way to take advantage of technology, though, isn’t technological. It’s knowing your customer’s opportunities for greater effectiveness in your area of expertise! Or, put another way, it’s knowing your customer’s customer. [Link to full article We Can Play in the AI Arena]

Three Horizon Model

Written by Dave Wegge

The Bay Area Community Council (BACC) is experiencing an exciting and productive 2020. BACC is walking-the-talk of our role in strategic foresight. For the past three years, BACC has trained leaders in nonprofits, business, education, and government to use the tools of foresight analysis to guide their organizations into the future. For the past three months, BACC has used a foresight tool, the Three Horizons model, to guide the future of BACC.

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We Can’t Buy It – Let’s Build It!

Written by Randall Lawton

In the drive to create economic dynamism, our community clearly missed the early technology and start-up entrepreneurial thrust. As we watched early technology innovators on the West and East coasts, it became obvious we were missing opportunities, and our local economy was falling behind. However, when the right infrastructure components are put in place and executed effectively, the economic dynamism of communities thrives. Greater Green Bay now has the infrastructure and the mental model to take some giant steps. [Link to full article We Can’t Buy It – Let’s Build It]