Greater Cheyenne Chamber
Data in D.C.
Updated: Jul 15, 2019
The Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce embarked on Talent Pipeline Management Academy in the Spring of 2019. The journey has continued with diving into "Demand Planning Data" for workforce and the local labor markets.
"I learned throughout the July's session that access to information and data is imperative and in the State of Wyoming access to data is a challenge." expressed Vice President, Stephanie Meisner-Maggard.
Stair-step changes need to occur when addressing the need for data and access to the same data. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is aware that this is a Federal Issue and has been championing a Congressional Act to increase transparency for college data.
COLLEGE TRANSPARENCY ACT GAINS SUPPORT: A bipartisan bill that would make it easier for consumers to find completion and employment outcome figures across colleges and majors now has the backing of nearly a quarter of the Senate after four more senators signed on this week.
— The latest signatures: Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who is the second 2020 hopeful to sign on after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Three dozen representatives have thrown their support behind companion legislation in the House.
— The bill, S. 800 (116), would end a decade-old federal ban on tracking certain information about college students. It would offer parents and students more information on graduation rates, debt loads and earnings when picking colleges. The legislation could be rolled into rewrites of the Higher Education Act that the education committees in both chambers are working on now.
This legislation would allow local stakeholders and businesses access to data that would allow for us to make more informed decisions. In the meantime, the Talent Pipeline Management software allows for data collection and reporting to measure progress. That is what makes this methodology so powerful and useful.
Wyoming has a voice in Washington D.C. through the Wyoming Business Advocates. You can support this group and have a voice too by joining us for the annual Fly-In.