October 17, 2016
This article is the sixth in a seven-part series, “Keeping Rural America Competitive,” that Agri-Pulse is publishing to give readers some perspective on the history and status of America's infrastructure and improvements needed to help farmers and ranchers remain competitive, prosperous and enjoying a strong quality of life.
“People are critical to our future - manage this resource wisely!”
That's the handwritten advice from Merdith Temple, a former acting commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in a memo outlining its Human Capital Strategic Plan for 2012-2017.
In order to continue to provide the best service to the nation, Temple wrote that the agency - charged with building and maintaining hundreds of dams, navigation channels and harbors - must “prevent talent loss; shape the workforce of the future, and win the war for talent.”
The report went on to outline a hiring “battleground” that's become far more challenging for employers in both the public and private sectors since the time this plan was released in 2012.
Consider some of these factors. Read on…