The “Vision 2025” plan is a followup to a 10-year plan released in 2000. Many of those goals have been achieved, including new education and curriculum standards and the adoption of Daylight Saving Time.
Chamber President Kevin Brinegar says the new plan mixes policy goals with some that are harder to measure, such as diversity or a stronger arts and cultural environment.
“Part of the exercise was to figure out what milestones and metrics, and how do you address that,” he says. “One of the things they talked about was, what we may have to do is do longitudinal surveys.”
The top goals remain improving the state‘s schools and business climate, and the intersection of those two items.
Brinegar says the state is still struggling with a skills gap which leaves employers with openings they can‘t fill, despite unemployment of nearly 8 percent.