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Our Impact Programs
What We Do

Our goal is to improve the quality of life for all citizens of Putnam, White, Jackson and Overton counties by providing opportunities for businesses to grow and prosper. We do this by raising the median household income, filling open jobs, bolstering a workforce pipeline and strategically recruiting businesses that would meet an underserved industry need in our region.


Highlands Training Center

Looking to develop your business but not sure where to turn? Need help planning or executing your next project? Let us guide you. Any organization can move forward with small incremental changes, but building for the future in today’s rapidly evolving environment means taking bold chances and making insightful decisions.

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Highlands CareerFest

CareerFest is a state-of-the-art integration of technology with our supporting employers to bring the most talented workforce together to meet job needs in our region. This event will be hosted on a hybrid platform, allowing participants to avoid obstacles barring them from participation in the event.

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Financial Literacy Workshops

A new vertical to the Highlands economic partnership, financial literacy workshops will be provided to all employees of HEP supporting companies free of charge. Workshops will be presented quarterly with a different focus topic including: Foundational Principles of Banking, Retirement 101, Asset Protection and Legacy Planning. Our primary initiative is to elevate the quality of life for citizens in our region and provide long-term financial planning opportunities will be critical to reaching our goal.

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Highlands Training Center

The Highlands Training Center is a brick and mortar facility dedicated to workforce reentry. Through the Aim High certification individuals learn about themselves, teamwork and are introduced to industry partners who support our programs

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College Library

Career exploration

Our eighth grade career fair is a flagship program that is dedicated to peaking career interests of students at an early age through hands-on industrial learning. We facilitate these interactions with our industry partners who support our program to enlighten our future workforce pipeline for their particular industry sector.

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Industry Roundtables

Our industry round tables bring together our K-12 education partners and our supportive industry leaders to be to begin discussing workforce needs of the future with the intent to shape curriculum around the interest of our students locally.

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Highlands Leaders/YP Highlands

As one of our hallmark needs of retaining and developing our current workforce, Highlands Leaders and YP Highlands is dedicated to educating our next generation leaders on executive leadership topics as well as connecting those leaders across the four-county region.

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Legislative advocacy

The Highlands Economic Partnership (HEP) is committed to working with the legislature to remove any and all barriers to opportunity for small businesses in the highlands. Through our advocacy services, we are leading the way in creating a positive and thriving economic climate for businesses to thrive.

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Essential soft skills training

Highlands Economic Partnership offers comprehensive emotional intelligence training for your entire organization. Our a la carte approach brings together emotional intelligence, cutting edge technology, and enhanced team communication, providing you with the perfect workforce retention tool.

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business retention and expansion

Highlands Economic Partnership offers comprehensive economic development services to existing businesses and new prospects. Our team works with businesses to help them expand, as well as recruiting new ones to meet an underserved need in our community without cannabilizing the existing workforce.

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