On Thursday, April 20, 1-2:30 p.m., stakeholders met in a virtual roundtable event to learn about and discuss employment recruitment and retention challenges related to transportation barriers.
Employers in rural regions of the United States face many challenges in attracting and keeping qualified employees in their workforce. One of the most consistently cited challenges is employee transportation. During this virtual roundtable, participants heard from transportation program stakeholders about strategies and concepts that are proving successful in other rural areas. Attendees also interacted with speakers, moderators, and other attendees during a discussion period following the presentations.
Local employers elected officials, chamber of commerce leaders, economic development officials, and others attended this event.
Several case studies and resources are available that provide information on vanpooling and other forms of employment transportation:
- Commute with Enterprise: Program Overview and How to Get Started (PDF)
- Go NEwhere Case Study (PDF)
- Commuter Co-op Vermont Case Study (PDF)
- Lowcountry Go Vanpool Program Case Study (PDF)
- 511NY Rideshare Program Case Study (PDF)
- Montana iRide Vanpool Case Study (PDF)
- Employment Transportation Options Resource Sheet (PDF)
Presentation materials are posted below.
Introduction and regional commute data, Bret Allphin, NADO:
Sample slides for discussing vanpools with area stakeholders, Courtney Cherry, Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments:
This event was supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development through a cooperative agreement with the National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation and in partnership with the Southern Georgia Regional Commission. USDA is an equal opportunity provider.
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