The Newton Transformation Council, in Newton, Iowa, used a U.S. Department of Labor Regional Innovation Grant (RIG) to respond to the closing of the region’s biggest employer, Maytag. Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI) was contracted to provide an analysis of the characteristics of the available workforce, using their O*NET-based analysis system. Relying on the results of the analysis, regional leaders were able to recruit alternative energy and high tech companies. Within two years, 1,200 jobs have
been developed within industries such as wind turbine blade and steel tower manufacturing, utilities, and information technology companies.
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