Officials with the Cass/Atlantic Development Corporation are partnering with Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa Economic Development Authority to complete a Laborshed employment study for the Cass area. This study will geographically define which communities contribute to Cass workforce, regardless of political boundaries. This defined area is called a Laborshed area and is based upon commuting patterns.

The purpose of this Laborshed study is to measure the availability and characteristics of Cass area workers. Laborshed studies are useful tools for economic development teams and existing or prospective employers to understand the local labor market, make informed expansion and site selection decisions, and maintain/recruit a high quality workforce.

For the success of this study, officials are sending letters to randomly selected households asking residents to take a confidential online survey. Survey questions will cover topics such as: employment status, current and desired wages, current and desired benefits, education level, and type of occupation among other things. However, Iowa Workforce Development will not be asking survey takers identifiable information such as: name, social security number, or date of birth. Participation in this workforce study is greatly appreciated regardless of employment status whether you are currently employed, unemployed, a homemaker, retired, etc. Individual’s input is highly valued.

Every year, Iowa Workforce Development conducts Laborshed studies across the State. The results of each analysis are publicly available online at www.iowalmi.gov/laborshed. Those who have any questions about the Laborshed project should contact Katie Lippold at 515-281-3035 or Jennifer McEntaffer, with Cass Atlantic Development Corporation at 712-243-2022.