Boone EDC is at the forefront of establishing a robust and inclusive workforce through groundbreaking initiatives like Second Chance, Childcare Initiative, and Counties of Inclusion. These programs prioritize meaningful and competitive employment for individuals with disabilities and from underserved populations. Recognizing the pivotal role a diverse and empowered workforce plays in the success of businesses and the community, these innovative initiatives aim to break down barriers and create opportunities. Second Chance provides opportunities for individuals with prior challenges, and the Childcare Initiative addresses a critical need for working parents. By championing these programs, Boone EDC not only contributes to a thriving local economy but also positions Boone County as a model for progressive and comprehensive workforce development, ensuring no potential talent is left untapped.

If you would like to learn more about any of these programs or how your company be a part of these programs, email us.

Counties of Inclusion

Participating in the Counties of Inclusion program is crucial for businesses in Boone County as it not only fosters a more inclusive and diverse workplace but also directly contributes to improved retention rates. By embracing meaningful and competitive employment for individuals with disabilities and those from underserved populations, businesses can tap into a diverse talent pool, fostering innovation and creativity. Involvement in this program aligns with the broader community and economic development goals, positioning businesses at the forefront of positive change. Beyond social responsibility, it also enhances the company’s reputation and contributes to a more robust and resilient local economy, making it a strategic investment for long-term success.

Second Chance

This unique initiative empowers individuals seeking a fresh start to acquire essential skills, break free from the past, and contribute positively to the workforce. By participating, employers gain access to a motivated and resilient talent pool, fostering diversity and strengthening the local workforce in Boone County. Our program not only transforms lives but also enhances the community by providing individuals with a second chance to thrive in meaningful employment. We invite you to join us in creating a more inclusive and productive workforce for a brighter future in Boone County.

Childcare Initiative

The Childcare Initiative is a critical lifeline for Boone County, directly impacting both our workforce and community resilience. With a staggering gap of 3,522 children in need of childcare against the availability of only 1,330 seats, the initiative addresses a pressing need for working families. By enhancing childcare services through infrastructure expansion, affordability, and professional development, we not only support parents in the workforce but also fortify the economic development of Boone County. This initiative is not just about numbers; it’s about investing in our community’s future, ensuring that every family feels supported, and fostering a thriving environment for both personal and economic growth.