The Minnesota Chamber recently announced the hiring of Deb McMillan, TwinWest Chamber's vice president of public policy, to lead the Minnesota Chamber Foundation's Center for Workforce Solutions.

This center is a first-of-its-kind in Minnesota business-led initiative that offers research and programs to confront the state's worker shortage and help the economy change and grow.

"We enthusiastically welcome Deb to head up our workforce initiatives," Minnesota Chamber President Doug Loon said in a news release. "Our members find innovative ways to retain and attract workers in their communities every day. Under Deb's leadership, the center is well positioned to continue its momentum in solving Minnesota's persistent workforce issues."

McMillan served as the TwinWest Chamber's vice president of public policy since 2013, and previously worked for the SouthWest Metro Chamber, the Chaska Area Chamber and the Waconia Chamber. She will begin her position with the Minnesota Chamber on June 17.

"I'm grateful for this opportunity with the Minnesota Chamber to further my passion of finding solutions to the business community's greatest challenge - workforce," McMillan said. "I thank the TwinWest Chamber for nearly six years there, and look forward to continuing to partner with TwinWest to advocate for Minnesota job-creators."

"There is no partnership we value more than our relationship with local chambers," Loon said. "TwinWest has and will continue to be one of the Minnesota Chamber's strongest advocacy partners. They are a key leader in helping to tackle Minnesota's workforce issues, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration."

The Center for Workforce Solutions was launched in 2018 with a goal of tackling Minnesota's workforce shortage. Through leadership, collaboration and key partnerships, it offers programs to confront the state's worker shortage, helping the state's economy to change and grow.

• Business Education Networks seeks to narrow the skills gap by helping students understand the career opportunities and complete necessary degree and certificate programs, thus helping employers find highly-skilled workers. Business Education Networks partnerships are led by local chambers of commerce.

• MN Job Match is a job-to-candidate matching platform that helps employers find the right fit in qualified candidates.

• RealTime Talent brings together education, workforce, economic development and private-sector leaders to understand and address Minnesota's increasing talent shortage. RealTime Talent provides real-time labor market data to inform and affect market-oriented decisions made by business and education leaders.

• Hiring Minnesota's Heroes works one-on-one with employers to develop and implement veterans hiring programs.

• Workforce-related events and forums bring together community and business leaders facing these challenges and offer solutions to ensure long-term economic success.

The Minnesota Chamber is a statewide organization representing more than 2,300 businesses of all types and sizes-and more than half a million employees-throughout Minnesota.