RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. —Job development efforts, including a big emphasis on STEM training and employment, are getting a major boost in North Carolina. Greensboro-based North Carolina Center of Innovation Network is partnering with Jobenomics as part of a national effort to create 20 million jobs.
Jobenomics has some 15 million followers and supporters across the country.
NC COIN is seeking to drive economic development across the state with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and emerging companies. Local partners include the Institute for Emerging Issues, which is based at N.C. State University, and the First Flight Venture Center in RTP. NC COIN also works closely with the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.
NC COIN was named as the lead for the Jobenomics project in North Carolina in an announcement made Thursday.
“After visiting North Carolina and speaking at ‘Future Works’ events hosted by COIN and the Institute of Emerging Issues we decided that COIN was a perfect partner for Jobenomics given its focus on communities, science, and bringing together diverse constituencies to grow high tech entrepreneurial businesses,” said Chuck Vollmer, the founder and president of Jobenomics, in the announcement.
Jobenomics is focused in particular on creation of so-called STEM (science, engineering, technology, math) jobs and on small businesses which national data shows creates the vast majority of new jobs in the U.S.
Citing employment statistics it has gathered through October of this year, Jobenomics says businesses with fewer than 500 workers have created nearly 77 percent of new jobs since 2010.
“Building an entrepreneurial tech savvy workforce is critical to North Carolina’s economic growth, Chuck’s data supports that and his programs fit into COIN’s stated mission,” said Joe Magno, the executive director of COIN who also is NC Works Commission Board member. (Magno also is a contributor to WRAL TechWire, and NC COIN is a WRAL TechWire partner.)
Jobenomics says it wants to help “highly scalable entrepreneurial businesses which are the primary creators of new jobs in the current economy.”
Another point of emphasis is working with veterans.
“Given North Carolina’s high percentage of veterans, JNC will also work with veteran support groups as well,” Magno and Vollmer noted.
Bunker Labs in RTP is among the emerging leaders in helping veterans create and launch new companies.
Magno said COIN “will work with its members and partners to develop meaningful and measurable programs to leverage Jobenomics’ momentum and experience.”
COIN plans to work with Jobenomics Community-Based Business Generators to:
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Visit Jobenomics’ web site at: http://www.jobenomics.com