An Initiative Led by Noblesville Economic Development

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On July 31st, 2015, community leaders and officials announced the implementation of Noblesville Works, a community-wide initiative that will impact our citizens and workforce.

“What we do today will impact a lot of people’s tomorrows,” Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear said, adding that Noblesville Works has a large target audience: families, elementary through college students, businesses and perspective and current employees.

The Noblesville Works initiative is a product of the Workforce Development Council which is comprised of Noblesville Schools’ administrators and counselors, the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce, Ivy Tech and Work One, the Noblesville Economic Development Department, non-profit organizations and several local businesses. The council started in the fall of 2012 to provide strategies and a collaborative approach to improve workforce preparedness and training for individuals. One of the areas identified as critical to ensure a work-ready employee was soft skills enhancement.

“Soft skills are important because they are human element skills. Soft skills, like how you communicate or your ethics, might be the element that sets you aside from your competitor. Technical skills may get you a job interview, but soft skills will get you the job and help you retain it! We want to increase awareness of these soft skills so that we are growing a marketable workforce for the ever-changing and modern business environment,” Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear said.

Noblesville Works, which is partially funded by Duke Eenergy, also is the first time in the State of Indiana that a community has created this type of emphasis on soft skills enhancement and development.

“The Noblesville Works initiative is a grassroots effort from the community saying soft skills matter to us and we, collectively, are going to make them a priority. It is not one industry, grade level or a government program – it is truly a collaboration of the City of Noblesville,” Communications Manager Robert Herrington said.

The Workforce Development Council has an extensive catalog of skills needed for meaningful employment and has established criteria for each of those skills. The Noblesville Works initiative will focus on enhancing communication skills, work ethic, teamwork, personal ethics, critical thinking and high level soft skills.

“What really makes the Noblesville Works initiative so powerful is that these efforts we have been focused on within the schools will now be aligned with the community at large. There’s a strong synergy that comes from focusing on the same thing at the same time as a community, and this synergy will further student capabilities in this critical area,” said Noblesville Schools Superintendent Dr. Beth Niedermeyer.

The campaign features a specific soft skill, one per month, for the academic year. The community can get participate in this initiative by following the monthly schedule for each soft skill and incorporating them as part of your daily life and vocabulary with colleagues, children, family and friends.

Noblesville Works also provides tools for success in the workplace.

“We are laying a foundation that each individual or organization can customize and tailor to their needs. Noblesville Works provides a starting point and the freedom to incorporate the skills into their organization’s culture. We want businesses to use this base tool as they see fit in their companies, whether that is through charity events, employee appreciation, watercooler talks or other venues,” said Sarah Reed, Noblesville economic development specialist and project leader of the workforce development council. “The goal of Noblesville Works is to better our workforce and to make current employees feel more engaged and valued because their employer is reaching out and doing something for them.”

Noblesville Works also has a large technology piece to it to engage and educate more people and create excitement and interest in soft skills. The overall message will incorporate hashtag Noblesville Works  (#NoblesvilleWORKS) and each skill has its own icon, color-coded graphics and weekly social media message.

“Skilled trades are needing employees and the demand is growing rapidly in many areas for qualified individuals. Our industry is facing a severe shortage and we need folks that have the soft skills/the know how to be a great employee. We are the masters of training our technical field. We need the student to have the soft skills when they get here,” said Gaylor Electric President Chuck Goodrich.

Noblesville Works is an integral part of the city’s business retention and expansion initiative through Stay Here Grow Here.

“Workforce Development is important to economic development because it enhances the local economic stability by focusing on people. The further development of soft skills, skill more social than technical, is critical to the cultivation of a dynamic workforce. Whether you are a student, job seeker, or currently in the workforce, it is your soft skills that make your hard work shine.” Noblesville Economic Development Director Judi Johnson said.

Residents should see Noblesville Works throughout our community starting today.
 
Noblesville Works Information:
Noblesville Works Banner
Soft Skills Monthly Campaign Schedule
History of Noblesville Works
Social Media Promotion

#NoblesvilleWORKS: Community-wide Initiative to Improve Soft Skills Announced

On July 31st, 2015, community leaders and officials announced the implementation of Noblesville Works, a community-wide initiative that will impact our citizens and workforce.

“What we do today will impact a lot of people’s tomorrows,” Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear said, adding that Noblesville Works has a large target audience: families, elementary through college students, businesses and perspective and current employees.

The Noblesville Works initiative is a product of the Workforce Development Council which is comprised of Noblesville Schools’ administrators and counselors, the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce, Ivy Tech and Work One, the Noblesville Economic Development Department, non-profit organizations and several local businesses. The council started in the fall of 2012 to provide strategies and a collaborative approach to improve workforce preparedness and training for individuals. One of the areas identified as critical to ensure a work-ready employee was soft skills enhancement.

“Soft skills are important because they are human element skills. Soft skills, like how you communicate or your ethics, might be the element that sets you aside from your competitor. Technical skills may get you a job interview, but soft skills will get you the job and help you retain it! We want to increase awareness of these soft skills so that we are growing a marketable workforce for the ever-changing and modern business environment,” Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear said.

Noblesville Works, which is partially funded by Duke Eenergy, also is the first time in the State of Indiana that a community has created this type of emphasis on soft skills enhancement and development.

“The Noblesville Works initiative is a grassroots effort from the community saying soft skills matter to us and we, collectively, are going to make them a priority. It is not one industry, grade level or a government program – it is truly a collaboration of the City of Noblesville,” Communications Manager Robert Herrington said.

The Workforce Development Council has an extensive catalog of skills needed for meaningful employment and has established criteria for each of those skills. The Noblesville Works initiative will focus on enhancing communication skills, work ethic, teamwork, personal ethics, critical thinking and high level soft skills.

“What really makes the Noblesville Works initiative so powerful is that these efforts we have been focused on within the schools will now be aligned with the community at large. There’s a strong synergy that comes from focusing on the same thing at the same time as a community, and this synergy will further student capabilities in this critical area,” said Noblesville Schools Superintendent Dr. Beth Niedermeyer.

The campaign features a specific soft skill, one per month, for the academic year. The community can get participate in this initiative by following the monthly schedule for each soft skill and incorporating them as part of your daily life and vocabulary with colleagues, children, family and friends.

Noblesville Works also provides tools for success in the workplace.

“We are laying a foundation that each individual or organization can customize and tailor to their needs. Noblesville Works provides a starting point and the freedom to incorporate the skills into their organization’s culture. We want businesses to use this base tool as they see fit in their companies, whether that is through charity events, employee appreciation, watercooler talks or other venues,” said Sarah Reed, Noblesville economic development specialist and project leader of the workforce development council. “The goal of Noblesville Works is to better our workforce and to make current employees feel more engaged and valued because their employer is reaching out and doing something for them.”

Noblesville Works also has a large technology piece to it to engage and educate more people and create excitement and interest in soft skills. The overall message will incorporate hashtag Noblesville Works  (#NoblesvilleWORKS) and each skill has its own icon, color-coded graphics and weekly social media message.

“Skilled trades are needing employees and the demand is growing rapidly in many areas for qualified individuals. Our industry is facing a severe shortage and we need folks that have the soft skills/the know how to be a great employee. We are the masters of training our technical field. We need the student to have the soft skills when they get here,” said Gaylor Electric President Chuck Goodrich.

Noblesville Works is an integral part of the city’s business retention and expansion initiative through Stay Here Grow Here.

“Workforce Development is important to economic development because it enhances the local economic stability by focusing on people. The further development of soft skills, skill more social than technical, is critical to the cultivation of a dynamic workforce. Whether you are a student, job seeker, or currently in the workforce, it is your soft skills that make your hard work shine.” Noblesville Economic Development Director Judi Johnson said.

Residents should see Noblesville Works throughout our community starting today.
 
Noblesville Works Information:
Noblesville Works Banner
Soft Skills Monthly Campaign Schedule
History of Noblesville Works
Social Media Promotion

Zevacor Molecular Installs Only Commercial 70 MeV Cyclotron Dedicated to Medical Use in the United States

Cyclone 70 to stabilize U.S. supply of Strontium 82, produce next generation of radiopharmaceutical products
Noblesville, Indiana (September 10, 2015) – Zevacor Molecular (Zevacor), a healthcare firm that manufactures and distributes PET and SPECT radiopharmaceuticals, announced the arrival of a 70 MeV Cyclotron at its new production facility in Noblesville, Indiana.

The 140-ton Cyclone 70P®, manufactured in Belgium by Ion Beam Applications, S.A, is the first commercial 70 MeV Cyclotron dedicated to medical use in the United States. Expected to be fully operational in the 1st quarter of 2016, the cyclotron is being installed in a new, state-of-the-art high capacity manufacturing center, which will house a complement of radioisotope synthesis equipment able to produce a broad range of radiopharmaceuticals for clinical and research applications.

“Our aim is two-fold,” said John Zehner, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Zevacor Molecular. “First, we are working to stabilize the domestic supply of medical isotopes, including Strontium 82, needed to diagnose and treat critical illnesses. Second, we are taking the lead in securing the future of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging through the growth and development of new diagnostics and therapeutics. Our goal is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other critical illnesses.”

The initial primary focus of the 70 MeV Cyclotron will be the commercial manufacture of Strontium 82 to ensure an ample, stable U.S.-based supply of Strontium 82/Rubidium 82 generators for use in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. The cyclotron will also be employed to produce a wide variety of other radionuclides for both research and clinical applications.

To view a short video regarding the Cyclone 70P unit being installed at Zevacor, please Click Here.

About the Cyclone 70P®
The Cyclone 70P is an optimized, high power proton cyclotron with variable proton acceleration in the energy range of 30 to 70 MeV. The 140 ton unit has 2 ports, 6 beam lines and capabilities for solid, liquid and gas targets. It was manufactured by Ion Beam Applications, S.A, (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium).
More information can be found at www.iba-worldwide.com

About the Facility
The Zevacor Molecular manufacturing facility in Noblesville, Indiana, where the 70 MeV cyclotron is being installed, represents a significant investment and vision for the production and development of diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceutical products. This facility houses the cyclotron, an extensive production center, research and development space as well as offices for the company staff. The cyclotron vault, which encompasses the 140-ton accelerator, is approximately 25,000 sq ft. in size and was constructed with 11,000 cubic yards of concrete and 300 tons of reinforcing steel. Adjacent to the vault is the production area, approximately 11,000 sq. ft. in size with multiple synthesis and processing units, A broad range of clinical and research radioisotopes will be produced and distributed from the manufacturing facility.

About Zevacor Molecular
Zevacor Molecular (Zevacor) is a U.S. healthcare firm that manufactures PET and SPECT radiopharmaceuticals. The company, established in 2012, is dedicated to providing medical isotopes to support the diagnosis and treatment of critical illnesses. Headquartered in Noblesville, Indiana, Zevacor is part of the Illinois Health and Science (IHS) family of companies, which includes Decatur Memorial Hospital, Integrated Health Network and IBA Molecular North America, Inc. (IBA). Zevacor and IBA, as affiliated radiopharmaceutical manufacturers, are committed to the IHS mission of enhancing the span, experience and quality of human life through improved patient care and outcomes.
More information can be found at www.zevacor.com.

Contact
Peter Webner, Executive Vice President
Zevacor Molecular
pwebner@zevacor.com
866.364.4478