There are not enough workers with the right InfoComm skills to meet the
demand in the Greater Washington Region and the region is not creating enough new
workers to fill the short- and long-term industry needs.
Eight strategies that are currently used to address the InfoComm
workforce shortage in the region include:
- Steal employees from one another
- Recruit workers from other regions
- Import IT professionals from abroad
- Rejuvenate (re-train) existing workers
- Export the jobs to other regions
- School-to-Work programs
- Slow down growth
- Do nothing
Recommendations to the Potomac Conference Leadership:
Identify an existing organization or group of organizations that
will determine what problem this region is trying to solve regarding
the InfoComm workforce issue.
The working group recommends that the identified organization,
once established, focus on the following action items to enhance
near-term economic competitiveness and augment workforce development
efforts in the Greater Washington Region.
Action I. Petition the federal government to adjust the
experience qualifications required under government contracts.
Action II. Enhance the clearinghouse of workforce
development programs by working in conjunction with educators
and employers to design methods for evaluating these programs.
In this process, it will be important for the employers not only
to provide input but also to provide ongoing support for these programs.
Action III. Provide an instructional resource designed to
1) train employers on best practices of internship and hands-on training
programs and 2) enable more companies to integrate successful internship
programs into their short- and long-term workforce development strategies.
The Potomac Conference
InfoComm Industry Cluster Working Group
One of the contributing factors to the effectiveness of this working group
was its engaged and focused core of voices from all regional jurisdictions the
District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Approximately 50 people
representing industry, associations, tech councils, higher education,
government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and specific workforce
development programs actively participated in seven meetings and
countless conference calls held over the past four months.
Special thanks go to Dan Bannister, Marc Weiss, Cathy Mattax, Mary
Frances leMat, Neal Grunstra, Tony Buzzelli, and Cathy Lange for their time,
effort and perseverance. Much appreciation to all of the working group
members who moved this discussion toward action.