Bridging the Gap

This week is Economic Development Week, so if you have yet to do so, get to Hallmark to honor your favorite economic developer with a heartfelt card of appreciation. You should be able to find them next to the Teacher Appreciation cards . . . wait, you’ve looked and didn’t find any . . . I encourage you to give Hallmark time as Economic Development Week was only established by the International Economic Development Council in 2016.

I am quite sure that Economic Development Week will never outshine National Teacher Appreciation Week. After all, teachers are tangible, they daily interact with our children in buildings prominently located in our communities. All of us know teachers and can clearly explain what they do. Can the same be said for economic development? Giving a Hallmark card to a concept would be difficult.

However, it is appropriate that these coincide in early May. The International Economic Development Council states, “Economic development is at the core of well-being and quality of life for communities across the United States.” Substitute economic development with quality educators and the statement would be just as true. For this reason, partnerships between education and the business community must be strong.

Bridging the Gap

CUED-In develops career connections in your community by bridging the gap between education and business. Students who attend college are accumulating cumbersome debt but little connection to best-fit local careers. Educators are often not aware of the variety of local career opportunities that are available to their students. At the same time, employers are facing an aging workforce and workforce shortages. We confront both these problems. For students in the career planning process, we provide tools for educators to help students identify best-fit careers and find the best education/training options with the highest return on investment. Therefore, employers can tap into a local pipeline to find well-qualified workers. CUED-In facilitates the collaboration between educators and business, local chambers, economic development, and workforce organizations to connect students with best-fit local careers.

For more information on how CUED-In bridges the gap in your community, email