Progress To Date
Focus Area 7.0: Workforce and Talent
7. Workforce and Talent
7.1 Connect and enhance Pearland’s talent pipeline through a collaborative approach
In May 2021, the PEDC Board approved an agreement to develop a workforce strategy for the community. The strategy, approved by the Pearland Prosperity Implementation Committee and PEDC Board of Directors in late 2021, addresses workforce skills gaps, career planning and work-based learning opportunities, diversity and inclusion, and development of young professionals. PEDC hired a workforce director to oversee implementation of the plan in April 2022.
PEDC’s workforce director has attended several introductory and follow up meetings and tours with businesses, workforce partners and educational partners and is now a member of several workforce committees and boards, including the workforce board of the Houston Galveston Area Council.
A workforce-based learning toolkit has been compiled and made accessible to employers and partners and in September 2022, PEDC, the Pearland Chamber of Commerce and the Workforce Solutions Pearland Career office partnered to host a job fair for local employers.
PEDC is working with businesses to assist in rolling out on-the-job training programs and apprenticeships and working closely with the Pearland Chamber of Commerce on several initiatives impacting workforce needs of the community.
7.2 Leverage Pearland’s special diversity and promote a culture of inclusion in Pearland
PEDC has been working closely with the Pearland Chamber of Commerce to roll out Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training for the area business. The Chamber was connected to a prominent global culture strategist who hosted a training in November 2022 on inclusive leadership for area businesses.
7.3 Engage Pearland’s young professionals and emerging leaders
As part of the Workforce Strategy Action Plan, a guide has been developed to be used as a roadmap to develop the young and emerging leaders’ program. PEDC, in partnership with the Chamber, initiated an informational campaign to inform and recruit the initial Steering Committee for creating and launching the Pearland Young Professionals Program. The program will be rolled out towards the end of 2022 and start accepting members early 2023.