Regional business and education leaders are initiating a Talent Alignment Strategy for the Piedmont Triad. The purpose of the Strategy is to ensure education and workforce development efforts are aligned with the needs of employers and to coordinate existing education and workforce development initiatives currently underway throughout the region. 


Roll Out Event

Early this month, more than 200 community leaders gathered at Grandover for the roll out of our Talent Strategy for the region. Together we heard updates on our workforce, regional training and skills capacity, and looked at recommendations to grow and improve the workforce pipeline. Three priority goals will be addressed initially:

  1. Employers are engaged in coordinated, results-oriented programs.
  2. Disengaged populations are connected to workforce programs and upskilling opportunities. 
  3. The Piedmont Triad is recognized as an attractive place to live, work, and learn.

We will continue to develop these goals with regional resources and stakeholders and track our progress at www.TriadTalent.com . 

Below are the handouts, presentations, videos and results of the event. More than 50 attendees responded to a call for participation, input and feedback at the event. If you were not present, or did not complete a feedback form, please follow this link to tell us how you or your organization can be a part of the Triad's Talent Strategy! 


Share your feedback from the roll out event! Complete the form here


Avalanche Consulting and the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL) were engaged to facilitate and prepare the Strategy, to include the following:

  • PHASE 1: Workforce Analysis will determine the makeup of the region’s labor force and identify the industries and occupations that are thriving.

  • PHASE 2: Supply-Demand Gap Analysis will identify what skills the workforce currently has, what skills employers need, and how to fill in gaps in the workforce pipeline.

  • PHASE 3: Talent Alignment Strategy will provide recommendations on how to align and improve the region’s talent pipeline.

Stakeholder input will take place throughout this process. Focus groups and interviews will be facilitated with stakeholders in the region, supplemented by an employer survey. A Steering Committee consisting of industry, education, and workforce leaders from throughout the Piedmont Triad will serve as advisors to the project.

Project Preview Webinar

To learn more about the Talent Alignment Strategy, view our Project Preview Webinar:

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Why a Talent Alignment Strategy?

Through this strategic planning process, we seek to answer the following questions:

Workforce Analysis

  • What does your workforce look like today?

  • Which industries and occupations are projected to create the most jobs over the next 5- and 10-years?

Supply-Demand Gap Analysis

  • Are students pursuing degrees that are in demand and match the needs of target industries?

  • Does the region have the programs needed to meet the region's economic development goals?

Talent Alignment Strategy

  • How should the education system adapt to meet current workforce challenges?

  • How can providers boost or create programs that target industries value and get recognized?

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Steering Committee Members 

Charles Blanchard, Guilford County Schools

John Brandberg, Procter & Gamble Manufacturing

Dr. Barry Burks, North Carolina A&T State University

Patrick Chapin, Business High Point, Inc. / High Point Chamber

Brent Christensen, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce

Freddine Crabtree, Workforce Carolina

Dr. Larry Czarda, Greensboro College

R. Kriss Dinkins, Wake Forest University

Matthew Dolge, Piedmont Triad Regional Council

Andrea Fleming, Alamance Area Chamber Commerce 

Dr. Algie C. Gatewood, Alamance Community College

John Geib, Duke Energy Corp

Dr. Frank Gilliam, UNC - Greensboro

Dr. Gary Green, Forsyth Technical Community College

Stan Kelly, Piedmont Triad Partnership

Ed Kitchen, Bryan Foundation

Bob Leak, Winston - Salem Business Inc.

Darlene Leonard, Smith Leonard

Donna Newton, The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro

Dr.Randy Parker, GTCC

Kenneth Rempher, Cone Health

Annie Tyson Jett, Herbalife

Wendy Walker Fox, PTRC Workforce Development Program

Tom Young, VF Corporation

Project Partners

The Consulting Team

Avalanche Consulting’s mission and passion is to help communities become more vibrant and prosperous. We are a leading national consultancy specializing in strategic planning, workforce analyses, and customized research for economic and workforce development organizations.

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) is a national, non-profit organization whose mission is to expand learning opportunities for adults. CAEL works to remove policy and organizational barriers to learning opportunities, identifies and disseminates effective practices, and delivers value-added services. 

The Piedmont Triad Partnership (PTP) is a leadership organization bringing together the business community in the Triad region to promote prosperity and growth. PTP supports regional development platforms including megasite development, the aeroplex anchored by Piedmont Triad International Airport and the redevelopment of Whitaker Park Complex. We believe supporting these transformational projects will prepare the Triad to compete for major economic development job generators.

The Greensboro Chamber of Commerce is the largest business organization in the community serving more than 1,000 member businesses through programming designed to help them succeed and grow. A partner in the Guilford County Economic Development Alliance, the Chamber also serves as Greensboro primary economic development organization, with special emphasis placed on community and entrepreneurial advancement through Action Greensboro and Launch Greensboro.

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Action Greensboro, together with the Chamber of Commerce, serves as the city’s primary economic and community development group. Formed in 2001, Action Greensboro is comprised of six local charitable foundations and local business leaders. In collaboration with business, higher education, and municipal government, Action Greensboro works to strengthen Greensboro's economy and ensure the continuation of its excellent quality of life. 

Funding Partners

Piedmont Triad Partnership

Piedmont Triad Partnership

Greensboro Chamber of Commerce 

Greensboro Chamber of Commerce 

Winston-Salem Business Inc.

Winston-Salem Business Inc.

Greensboro High Point

Greensboro High Point

Action Greensboro

Action Greensboro

City of High Point

City of High Point

Randolph County EDC

Randolph County EDC

Piedmont Triad Regional Council

Piedmont Triad Regional Council

Randolph County, NC

Randolph County, NC

Get Involved

For any questions related to this project or to get involved, please contact:

Cecelia Thompson
Action Greensboro
(336) 387-8354

Penny Whiteheart
Piedmont Triad Partnership
(336) 668-4556


Wendy Walker-Fox
Piedmont Triad Regional Council
(336) 904-0300