On April 25, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez and U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) joined members of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and other workforce partners at the Chamber’s offices for a roundtable discussion about the state of the workforce in Chicago and Illinois.

The engaging discussion addressed the need to identify ways to strengthen the region’s workforce, allowing the business leaders and elected officials in attendance to share best practices and insights with one another.

“A dynamic workforce is a critical component of any strong economy. In our Chamber Member Survey, 90 percent of our members cited ‘access to talent’ as an aspect of Chicagoland that directly contributes to the success of their business,” said Theresa E. Mintle, President and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. “This workforce roundtable discussion provided an opportunity for local business leaders to share what is needed to ensure Chicago continues to cultivate and retain a steady stream of top talent.”

This important issue is a vital and shared interest of the business community. The Chicagoland Chamber will continue to work with its labor and workforce partners to ensure that our region and nation lead the way in cultivating a diverse, skilled workforce that is prepared for the jobs of the future.