COLUMBUS, Ind. — Local leaders are transferring management of a statewide network with Columbus roots and a focus on finding talent.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce announced that it will now manage the Indiana Talent Network through its Institute for Workforce Excellence. The network was previously coordinated by the Community Education Coalition (CEC) in partnership with CivicLab in Columbus.

John Burnett, CEO of the Community Education Coalition and CivicLab co-founder, said the coalition has been searching for the right home for the initiative for about a year, as network strategist Jeanna Berdel was getting ready to retire.

“We thank Jeanna Berdel for her amazing service to Indiana Talent Network,” he said. “We have been searching for the right state-level partner to carry the program forward. The Institute for Workforce Excellence is a perfect fit. We are grateful for the arrangement.”

The CEC describes the initiative as a “‘network of networks’ connecting statewide stakeholders and regional collaborations to support equitable talent policies and strategies.” Each network focuses on talent in Indiana specifically, attracting talent, developing talent and connecting talent with career opportunities.

According to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Talent Network consists of representatives from nearly every region of the state. The network’s mission has centered on improving best practices, creating “interactive opportunities,” cultivating learning and “creating a shared understanding of Indiana’s workforce development systems.”

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