In 2016, BLAEDC established the Key Recruitment Program, a fee-for-service and membership program designed to help businesses in the Crow Wing County area find top-notch candidates to fill key professional positions in the workforce. This essential program was funded in part by BLAEDC, four founding members: Syvantis Technologies, Ascensus, GrowthZone, and Consolidated Telecommunications Company and through a Blandin Foundation grant. Several professionals and their families have moved to the Brainerd Lakes Area to accept highly compensated positions with local companies. As this program grows, more companies in the Brainerd Lakes Area will benefit from the opportunity to employee highly-qualified professionals interested in locating in our special northern oasis. Our goal, connecting talented professionals with local businesses, will result in successful businesses growing our communities. KEY Recruitment Program Job Portal Workforce Development News Progress: BLAEDC’s recruitment program helps area businesses – GrowthZone in Nisswa benefitsNISSWA—Texas native Collin Thames always dreamed of moving away from his home state, and a Nisswa company and Brainerd organization helped make that dream come true last January. That’s when Thames made the move more Read More Millennials and the worker-shortage puzzle: A case in problem-solving to find and retain employeesA panel Thursday covered how to attract and retain workers—including those supposedly finicky millennials—to help combat a widespread workforce shortage. “Help Wanted” was the latest Rosenmeier Forum hosted by Central Lakes College inside the Chalberg Read More The launch of the KEY Recruitment Program was funded in part by The Blandin Foundation, Ascensus, GrowthZone, Consolidated Telecommunications Company, and Syvantis Technologies.