Ball, Cheryl E.; Ferraro, Lora; Rossi, Rebecca; & Schulz, Christina; et al. (16 authors). (2008, August 22). Who is the future employer? New Leadership Board of the Economic Development Council, Bloomington-Normal, IL.
Since the start of the decade, Bloomington‐Normal has watched neighboring downstate communities, including Decatur and Galesburg, respond to de‐industrialization, unemployment, and heightened anxiety about long‐term employment and quality of life for residents. We have been impacted far less
than these neighbors. However, Bloomington‐Normal residents, employers, and employees—including
this New Leadership Board and the Economic Development Council—must keep an eye on the national
trends affecting our economy, as well as steward a customized plan that maintains existing employers
while also attracting new ones to our region. We’re glad to be part of what promises to be an ongoing conversation within the Bloomington‐Normal
community and offer the EDC this report comprised of the following sections:
- Current Employers, with a focus on seven critical areas representing primary existing and newly emerging industries/professions.
- Proposal for Developing Future Employers, with corresponding Advantages and Disadvantages to our proposal.