PIQUA — The national workforce intelligence and consulting firm Growth Services Group (GSG) recently completed a Labor Commuting Certification for the city of Piqua that provides information about the workforce available in the area. One of its key findings is that Piqua is a “labor magnet.”
“The biggest statement in that report to me is that Piqua is a labor magnet,” Justin Sommer, assistant city manager and economic development director for the city of Piqua, said. “What it confirms is that we do have strong employers here in Piqua that are able to attract a workforce regionally.”
Other notable findings in the report include:
• Piqua has a slightly higher number of people working in Piqua than residents commuting outside of the city for work
• The total number of people employed in Piqua increased from 2004 to 2012 by 2.8 percent
• “In 2014, the 30-mile radius of Piqua had a net inflow of 8,291 workers”
• Nearly 27 percent of the people employed in Piqua work in the manufacturing field
• “Of Piqua’s total employed workforce, 74.2 percent live outside of Piqua”
The fact that so many employees working in Piqua live outside of Piqua, and vice versa, shows that Piqua is operating within a regional economy. Sommer said that since approximately 70 percent of Piqua’s residents work outside of the city, it is important that not only that Piqua businesses do well, but that regional businesses do well to support the residents of Piqua.
“I do think that it will surprise some people,” Sommer said. “I don’t know that most people realize how much of a draw Piqua is, so that fact that 74 percent of our workforce comes from outside of the city will surprise some people.”
Sommer noted that this reports helps the community identify strengths and opportunities for workforce development as well as shape the city’s economic development strategy.
“I’ve already been able to use this report in the short time we’ve had it to market our workforce for potential economic development opportunities,” Sommer said. “So as we work to attract new business into the city, this study verifies to them that we’ll be able to pull the workforce that they need in order to grow and be successful.”
It also provides current employers with another tool to recruit talent for their businesses, in addition to attracting more economic development to the city. Sommer also emphasized that this report reinforces the idea that Piqua is an attractive place to be.
“Piqua is a destination city,” Sommer said. “We’re a destination for workforce, we’re a destination for recreation, we’re a destination for education, and I think that speaks to the quality of life that Piqua offers.”
The cost of the study was approximately $3,500.
The Labor Commuting Certification Report is available on the city of Piqua website (www.piquaoh.org) and the Grow Piqua Now website (www.growpiquanow.org). If anyone would like more information about the publication, please contact Sommer at (937) 778-8198 or via email at [email protected]
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