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Apr 2018 | Community Wellbeing

IT PAYS TO HAVE A MISSION
ELIZABETH KELLAR, INTERNATIONAL CITY/COUNTY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION

As the baby boomer generation enters retirement, it’s becoming harder than ever to recruit and retain the qualified workers that governments need. In Tennessee for example, upwards of thirty percent of public employees are already eligible to retire—with that number surpassing fifty percent by 2023. The boomer retirement wave likewise has prompted localities to become more strategic in their quest to fill the growing number of vacancies that require specialized training and education. And while local governments are unable to compete with the private sector salaries, they have a distinct advantage when it comes to their mission.

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