Leadership Community

Vermilion County

Vermilion Advantage convenes regional efforts to address workforce development needs and challenges, focusing on Advanced Manufacturing, Education, Healthcare, Logistics/Distribution, and IT/Technical Services.

Vermilion Advantage’s role in Workforce Development began in 1998 after the closing of three major employers, escalating unemployment rates and rapidly aging workforce. It was a wake-up call to take action and the formation of the first industry cluster. It was an initiative to address workforce preparation gaps impacting both existing businesses and potential new business. Since then, Vermilion Advantage has served as the community’s natural convener to address workforce development needs and challenges. Since 2017, the organization has focused on five key industry sectors: Advanced Manufacturing, Education, Healthcare, Logistics/Distribution, and IT/Technical Services. Over 60 businesses and education institutes collectively make up the core economic pillars of Vermilion County’s economy. The collaborative focuses on two parallel strategies revolving around educational enhancement and community awareness.

The talent pipeline management system brings businesses together to speak as a single voice to the local education system and the community. Since its inception, the business collaboratives have created and supported educational programs focusing on work ethics and stem-based programs.

Lead Intermediary Organization

Vermilion Advantage

Areas of Expertise

  • Employer engagement
  • Data collection to address common needs

Prioritized Focus Areas

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Health Sciences & Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Key Successes

  • For over 20 years, all partners have worked in partnership to build a sustainable workforce development system to support the employment needs of the citizens and the existing business needs as well as building for future workforce projections.
  • Vermilion Advantage was 1 of 7 communities selected to participate in the Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) initiative led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and sponsored by USA Funds. Participation in the pilot phase of the TPM enhanced the sector-based partnership for Vermilion County.

2-Year Goals

  • Continue to identify the most critical career needs in the region and the appropriate learning pathways and talent pipelines for those jobs.
  • Create processes that support the use of a multiple approaches for each targeted sector.
  • Support the development of pathways in manufacturing, healthcare, and transportation/distribution/logistics, as well as information technology.
  • Develop marketing campaigns that promote targeted manufacturing, healthcare, transportation/distribution/logistics, and information technology careers to job seekers.
  • Increase the talent pipeline of qualified workers to meet the personnel needs of our current employers and retain these employers in our region.

Community Updates

Program Guides Students to College and Careers

Danville District 118 students will have a better idea about what they would like to do with their life after high school thanks to a newly enhanced Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.