Workforce

Marion is located in Iowa's Creative Corridor. Our region has access to an educated labor-force of over 513,897 workers. A quality workforce is essential to business operation, and our workforce in Marion is one reason why quality companies invest in our community. 

MEDCO recognizes that workforce is one of, if not the biggest challenge, facing employers across the country. We work regionally with our various partners to maximize our resources pertaining to workforce development, retention, and recruitment.

Workforce Data

Informed decisions are the right decisions. That is why MEDCO works with our partners at the Corridor Alliance to generate and make available as much workforce data as possible for employers in the region. 

Labor Market Information

Current Data from Iowa Workforce Development

Laborshed

Cedar Rapids MSA Laborshed - 2015

Occupations and Wages

Cedar Rapids MSA Wage Survey - 2015
Cedar Rapids Area Wage Statistics Sheet - 2015

2015 Laborshed Analysis BreakDown by Industry:

Advanced Manufacturing 
Biotechnology 
Clerical / Administrative 
Customer Service 
Education 
Financial Services 
Food Processing 
Healthcare Professions 
Information Technologies Customer Service 
Information Technologies 
Production 
Professional Services 
Warehouse Distribution 
Wholesale Retail 

Careers in the Corridor

Career opportunities abound in Marion and Iowa's Creative Corridor. Whether you're interested in finance, manufacturing, IT, or countless other options, visit the Corridor Careers website for the latest CR-IC Job Rush job postings in the Creative Corridor!

Visit CRIC Job Rush! 

Visit Iowa Workforce Development 

Job Training

To help maintain Marion and the Creative Corridor's competitive advantage of having a skilled and educated workforce, MEDCO can provide assistance and information for job training programs to meet the needs of your company. 

Kirkwood has recently launched the Leadership in Manufacturing Certificate. Learn more about the program here.

Iowa New Jobs Training Program (260E)

An Employee Training Program Designed for New or Expanding Business

The Iowa New Jobs Training Program (260E) is an incentive program for companies expanding or relocating to a new facility in the state of Iowa. Participation in the program allows employers to be reimbursed for a portion of training expense and wages for new jobs created in the state.

The 260E program is one of the easiest and most beneficial incentive programs from the state of Iowa. The community colleges across the state administer the program and over 300 companies in Kirkwood's seven county region have participated in the program.

Eligible industries: manufacturing, processing, assembling products, warehousing, wholesaling, or conducting research and development as well as businesses engaged in the provision of services that have customers outside of Iowa. 

Watch video from area business people who use the 260E program.

Marion Career Explorer Club

Connecting Marion students to Marion employers

MEDCO has partnered with Vernon Middle School of the Marion Independent School district to launch the Creative Corridor's first Career Explorer Club. The club meets monthly at a local employer, giving the employer an opportunity to teach the kids more about their industry, their company, and the skills needed to work for them. The program was created with the goal of being an innovative co-educational program with the purpose to expose students to various career opportunities across different industry segments.

If you are interested in hosting the career explorer club at your business, contact Nick Glew.

Kirkwood Workplace Learning Connection

Workplace Learning Connection connects students in east central Iowa with business professionals that are interested in preparing our region's future workforce.

Students become more prepared for the local job market, and businesses have the opportunity to mold potential employees, creating a hands-on way for students to explore careers while in high school. 

Learn more about the program here

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