SWIC: Sector Strategies Taskforce

Past Events

Indiana Sectors Regional Convenings

Northern Indiana Convening, June 5, 2017, South Bend, IN

Southern Indiana Convening, June 13, 2017, Odon, IN

Tentative Agenda

Past Meetings

November 16, 2017

September 21, 2017

July 20, 2017

May 9, 2017

March 9, 2017


Indiana employers struggle to find skilled workers to meet their need. Sector partnerships are part of the solution to help the state’s economy thrive and succeed. Approximately 25 sector partnerships exist throughout Indiana in industries such as advanced manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture, IT, and logistics. It is critical to understand the activities and resources needed to support and sustain current and future sector partnerships.

Sector Strategies aligns with the following objectives in the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act:

  1. Local workforce boards must use certain funds to develop, convene, or implement sector partnerships; and
  2. States must use a portion of statewide discretionary funds to support local areas in the development, convening, and implementation of industry or sector partnerships.

Successful sector partnerships align programs and systems maximizing resources and avoiding duplication of efforts across agencies and organizations


The Sector Strategies Taskforce will inform and provide recommendations on:

  • How to provide funding, technical assistance, and/or program initiatives to establish, sustain, and scale local sector partnerships
  • Establishing a statewide definition and performance metrics for local sector partnerships
  • Three year strategic plan for sector strategies in collaboration with Jobs for the Future (JFF)
  • The deliverables of the Indiana Sectors Strategy Core Team (who meets monthly) to include:
    • Asset Map of Indiana Sector Partnerships
    • Statewide Infographics of Priority Sectors
    • Regional and Statewide in-person convenings
    • Develop a workplan that evaluates Indiana against the NSC Criteria for a State Sector Partnership Policy and establishes a plan for furthering Indiana’s development of a robust state policy


  • Co-Chair: Paul Perkins, President and Co-Founder, Amatrol, Inc.
  • Co-Chair: Brad Rhorer, Assistant Senior Manager of Human Resources, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc.
  • Allison Barber, Chancellor, WGU Indiana
  • Tory Flynn, ‎Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Hillenbrand Inc.
  • Jessica Fraser, Director, Indiana Institute for Working Families
  • Jeanne Fredericks, Director of Education, Associated Builders & Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky
  • Hon. Dick Hamm, Indiana House of Representatives
  • Randy Holmes, Vice President of Operation, Michael's Textile
  • Pamela Ingram, Public Affairs Officer, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division
  • Katie Jenner, Senior Director of Learning & Title Programs, Madison Consolidated School
  • Marie Mackintosh, Chief Operating Officer, EmployIndy
  • Paula Pinkstaff, Production Control Manager, Toyota Motor Manufacturing
  • Nathan Storm, Adult Education Team, DWD
  • Dave Tucker, Vice President of Workforce Development and Community Services, Vincennes University
  • Stephanie Wells, Director of Workforce Development Policy and Administration, Indiana Manufacturers Association
  • Sara Worstell, Business Services and Communications Manager, Grow Southwest Indiana