Leon Works ensures our community’s readiness for tomorrow’s opportunities

Across the nation, local communities are working together to strategize on talent development initiatives to cultivate future talent.

In our community, we are anticipating more than 70,000 skilled job openings becoming available by 2026. The Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) is currently working with several new and local companies, like Danfoss Turbocor and Amazon, on their expansion efforts , and we are expecting that job openings will only continue to grow. The technology sector alone is projected to see 7% growth in the next five years.

From construction, technology, nursing, and cosmetology, skilled careers are some of the most essential jobs and the best opportunities for steady, well-paying work.

Together with Leon County Government, OEV is hosting the annual Leon Works Expo, intended to encourage high school students to explore skilled career pathways available in the Big Bend region.

Now entering its seventh year, the Leon Works Expo provides a unique opportunity for area high school students to see themselves in exciting skilled career paths and meet with local industry leaders in the fast-growing job sectors of technology, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, and creative.

Leon County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) discusses medical career paths with students during the Leon Works Expo.

The event will host more than 700 students from Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla, Liberty, and Madison counties and over 100 employers on April 22 at the Tucker Civic Center. At its core, the event supports healthy talent pipelines across many industry sectors by allowing employers to interact with the workforce of the future and showcase career opportunities for students right at the critical moment when they are beginning to consider their future education and career decisions.

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