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STAKEHOLDER THEMES • Both employers and the community recognize the strengths of the consolidated K-12 school system through to post-secondary education institutions in Clarksville. These strengths work to both attract and retain talent. 58% of employers surveyed partner with a community or technical college and more importantly, several employers seem open to and excited about the opportunities for continued partnering, both with secondary and higher education institutions. Meanwhile, certain soft skills such as communication, and hard skills like computer and math skills remain as areas for continued improvement. These are skills that employers value in high school graduates and for entry level positions, as well as basic job preparedness. • Austin Peay State University, Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Hopkinsville Community College and Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) educators are willing to collaborate and innovate to deliver workforce development in line with business and economic development goals. Employers during focus groups mentioned opportunities for graduates of programs for industrial arts, general maintenance, programmable logic controller (PLC), and micro/macro electrical systems. Many businesses represented in the focus groups noted a desire to work more closely with educators. It seems likely that success in employerled collaborative training programs will encourage other employers to participate. • Manufacturers want to increase the number of high school educators who are well informed about what today’s advanced manufacturing sites and occupations offer to the future workforce, who might then nudge more high school students to consider the field. They are also interested in gaining attention with even younger classes, including junior high school students. And CMCSS has strong career placement efforts that could mesh well with local employers. • Stakeholders noted a desire to retain more professional and technically trained alumni in the area. 36% of openings in businesses surveyed require an associate’s degree or higher. (21% of openings require a bachelor’s degree or higher). • 36% of employers surveyed expect to utilize internships more and create apprenticeships. • A range exists with respect to anticipated automation: some companies have already added significant automation. Generally, businesses expect automation levels to continue increase over the coming years, but perhaps not as rapidly or with as many drastic changes to employment levels as may have been previously thought. Many expect automation to create a demand for higher orders of skills but not to change the overall numbers of workers. Educational attainment in the area lags that of peer regions. If the lowering of the Labor Force Participation Rate (LFPR) is due in part to an increase in younger cohorts seeking a higher education, especially due to programs such as the Tennessee Promise, then this is a positive development. Currently, however, there seems to be an undersupply of jobs requiring some college or an associate degree. Meanwhile jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree, while still lacking enough qualified candidates, are nonetheless slightly less available for the area while low skill jobs are plentiful. Some forces seem to signify future growth in the middle skilled occupations. This could be supplemented with a targeted attraction approach. 60 COMPREHENSIVE LABOR ANALYSIS: CLARKSVILLE-MONTGOMERY COUNTY

INDUSTRY CLUSTER AND SUPPLY CHAIN ANALYSIS KEY HIGHLIGHTS $12.7 billion economy in Clarksville MSA Five clusters identified for opportunities for growth and diversification: • Chemical Products • Automotive, Aerospace, and Production Technology • Metal Products and Mining • Business Services • Distribution and Electronic Commerce • Exponential job growth • Pay 19% more than other jobs • Business Services contribute the most to the region’s GRP but are not considered a heavy export industry THE REGION Clarksville is situated in northwestern Tennessee, within Montgomery County. The region surrounding the city includes Montgomery, Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Robertson, and Stewart Counties in Tennessee and Christian, Logan, Todd, and Trigg Counties in Kentucky. Together these ten counties comprise the area from which businesses located in Clarksville source local goods and services, and from which they can reasonably expect to draw their workforces. For this reason, the analysis that follows highlights opportunities within the Clarksville MSA, using the greater ten-county region to further Industry Cluster and Supply Chain Analysis 61

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