A consultancy specializing in community economic development services, workforce development, and now Foodshed Strategies. Clients range from small municipalities requiring general economic development staffing to corporate real estate houses and school districts. Current and past clients include the Clearwater Economic Development Association (Lewiston, ID), Village of Appleton (WI), Village of Lansing (IL), Treasure Coast Research Park (Fort Pierce, FL), Elgin (IL) School District U-46’s Career and Technical Education Division, and South Suburban College Business & Career Institute (Oak Forest, IL).
- Economic Development Strategic Plan, City of Appleton, WI
- Economic Development Training Workshops, Village of Justice, IL
- Economic Development Marketing, Village of Lansing, IL
- Conduct Economic Development Workshops for Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL
- Conducting ACT WorkKeys Job Profiles for a Fortune 500 aerospace manufacturer
- Economic Development Administration Grant application, CARE Business Incubator Project, St. Lucie County, FL
- Completion of a Food Innovation Feasibility Study for Latah County, ID
- Attraction of American Aluminum Extrusions, LLc. to Roscoe, a $27 million manufacturing project creating 130 jobs
- Retention/expansion of Forest City Gears, Inc., Roscoe, IL. FCG is an aerospace gear manufacturer with its gears on both first and second generation Mars Rovers. Retention of 85 highly skilled jobs and creation of another 25 positions
- Retention and Expansion of Diversapack, LLC to Marengo, IL, retaining 100 jobs and creating 10 additional jobs
- Conducted ACT WorkKeys Job Profiles for South Suburban College, Oak Forest, IL; Hoffer Plastics Co. of South Elgin, IL; Fabric Images, Inc. of Elgin, IL; Triton College of River Grove, IL; Stepan Co. of Elwood, IL; and Waubonsee Community College, Aurora, IL
- Recruited more than 100 employers to the National Career Readiness Certificate Letter of Commitment for Elgin School District U-46, Elgin, IL
Economic Development Services
Manheim Solutions, Inc. can help your community or business grow! With more than 30 years of community economic development experience, we know how to help communities create jobs and help businesses find the skilled workers they need.
The Manheim Solutions Team offers the following economic development services:
For Corporate Clients:
- Site Selection Research and Analysis
- ACT Authorized Job Profiling® Workforce and Skills Assessments
- Incentives Negotiations
- Small Business Development:
- SBA Programs
- Revolving Loan Funds
- Other small business assistance programs
For Community Economic Development Organizations:
- SWOT Analysis & Strategic Planning
- Target Industry Analysis
- Workforce / Labor-shed Analysis
- Business Development Strategies
- Retail Trade Analysis
- Business Retention & Expansion Studies and Implementation
- Incentive Policies
- Retail Sales Tax Abatements
- Property Tax Abatements
- Revolving Loan Funds
- Coordinate and create partnerships with regional and state agencies to leverage your community’s limited resources
“Seize the Moment” … Making the Local Food Movement Work for Your Community
Throughout the country are all the signs of a burgeoning local food movement. Farmers markets, incubator kitchens, and hubs forming a linkage between producers and the public – all the pieces and parts of a growing consumer demand for local and fresh food. Economic development strategies swirling around the topic of food are increasingly appearing in municipal and regional planning efforts, often under the banner of “sustainability.” What could be wrong with this picture?
We at Manheim Solutions, Inc. applaud the interest of communities in developing economic development strategies that seize a moment in time when local food can translate into jobs and quality of life. But we have too often seen that where a thorough up front analysis is not conducted, communities will find that the pieces and parts do not translate into measureable economic development success. Our specialty lies in starting not with the pieces and parts but in good old fashion planning that takes all of the above into account as to its fit with a particular community. We begin with our proven expertise in economic development strategies. With food, we call it “Foodshed Strategies.”
Foodshed Strategies is a step by step process in which our team members take your community through a planning process that produces a vision of a local food economy that results in measureable value. It begins with understanding your “foodshed,” defined as knowing your food assets, location, site selection strategies, goals and stakeholder buy in. It takes into account the timing and steps necessary for success and finally, how to measure results. It does not differ from the planning undertaken every day by communities as they pursue more traditional economic sectors such health care, technology and retailing.
Manheim Solutions is committed to helping your community “seize” the movement, the local food movement, to produce real economic and community value.
ACT WorkKeys® | ACT WorkKeys Job Profiling
Manheim Solutions, Inc. is one of just 400 consultants across the nation to offer ACT WorkKeys® Authorized Job Profiling. This is a unique service that allows us to:
- Identify the skills required for a job
- Determine the level of skills required to perform the job
Your human resources department may use the Job Profiling process to:
- Help identify potential job candidates your current recruitment tools aren’t finding
- Help you determine candidates for promotion
Manheim Solutions, Inc. is currently working with northern Illinois manufacturers, workforce investment boards, and educational institutions to improve the quality of an employer’s workforce and filling your existing skill gaps. Nationwide many companies consider job profiling a competitive edge and keep their results confidential.
- Woodward, Inc.
- Hoffer Plastics Corporation, South Elgin, IL
- School District U-46, Elgin, IL
- Stepan Company – Millsdale Facility, Elwood, IL
- Waubonsee Community College, Aurora, IL
- South Suburban College, Oak Forest, IL
- College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
- The Workforce Connection, Rockford, IL
- Triton College, River Grove, IL
- Fabric Images, Elgin, IL
- Chemical and Automotive Manufacturers
- Aerospace Manufacturers
About Job Profiling
Job profiling is an ACT WorkKeys® assessment tool that works seamlessly within the WorkKeys® suite of programs, particularly the National Career Readiness Certificate, earned by students and adults retooling their skillset for the modern workplace.
Job profiling is the right approach if your organization prefers:
- A focus group format that promotes discussion between the employees (job incumbents) and an ACT-authorized job profiler.
- A task list describing activities of the job with tasks tailored by the employees.
- A customized job profile report documenting the tasks of the job, skill levels required for the job, and the qualitative reasoning behind the skill levels provided by the job incumbents. Results that can be used to support hiring, promotion, and training decisions.
Job Profiling Requires Four Key Steps
Step 1: Creating an Initial Task List
The profiler obtains background information about the job to be profiled from the company contact person and a tour of the job site. Using SkillPro®, ACT’s proprietary job profiling software, the profiler develops an initial list of the tasks most relevant to the job.
Step 2: Task Analysis
The profiler meets with subject matter experts – generally incumbent workers of the job being studied – who review and revise the list of tasks, adding, deleting, consolidating, and changing the wording of each task to make certain the list accurately represents the job as it is performed in their company. Then the subject matter experts rate each task according to two dimensions: importance and relative time spent. The data are used to produce a criticality rating for each task.
The subject matter experts review this revised task list and make any necessary changes. The resulting final task list establishes which tasks are the most critical to performing the job.
Step 3: Skill Analysis
The skills are reviewed one at a time. Profilers present detailed descriptions of each of the WorkKeys® skills to the subject matter experts. To determine the relevance of the WorkKeys® skill to the job, the subject matter experts independently identify the important tasks that require the skill and then discuss the work behaviors that specifically use that skill. Then the profiler presents detailed descriptions of the WorkKeys® skill levels to the subject matter experts. These descriptions include examples of problems or situations employees deal with at each level. The subject matter experts identify the relevant important tasks that require each skill level and decide which skill levels are necessary at the entry level and for effective performance of their job (i.e., cut or passing scores).
Step 4: Documentation
The profiler documents the results in a custom Job Profile Report (View a sample report) containing a list of the tasks most critical to performance of the job and information on the WorkKeys® skills and skill levels required for entry into the job and effective performance of the job. This report establishes the link between the tasks of the job and the WorkKeys® skills and skill levels.SPOTLIGHT DOCUMENTS
REDEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCESKILLSOrganization SummaryA consultancy specializing in community economic development services, workforce development, and now Foodshed Strategies. Clients range from small municipalities requiring general economic development staffing to corporate real estate houses and school districts. Current and past clients include the Clearwater Economic Development Association (Lewiston, ID), Village of Appleton (WI), Village of Lansing (IL), Treasure Coast Research Park (Fort Pierce, FL), Elgin (IL) School District U-46’s Career and Technical Education Division, and South Suburban College Business & Career Institute (Oak Forest, IL).Summary of development and redevelopment experienceMore than 30 years experience operating economic development public-private partnerships, plus consulting nationwide. Much of our economic development experience includes working directly with municipal and county planners, engineers and public works staff.General Redevelopment experienceTypes of reuses
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