October 2, 2023

Join me at the 2023 ACT Workforce Summit in Nashville!

Join me and colleagues at the 2023 ACT Workforce Summit this week in Nashville. I will be a member of the Coordinating Supply and Demand in the Skills Ecosystem for Educators, Employers and Learners panel moderated by Dr Cindy Hill of ACT on October 4 at 3:15 p.m. On Friday October 6 at 10 a.m. […]

March 23, 2022


Manheim Solutions, Inc. was awarded a contract in December 2021 to help Ogle County (IL) create a new county-wide economic development program. Initially, the program started January 1, 2022, as a new department with the hopes of evolving into a P3 (Public Private Partnership) with public and private stakeholders from across the county and elsewhere. […]

September 17, 2021

Manheim to Do TED Talk at ACT Workforce Summit

Chris Manheim, President of Manheim Solutions, Inc., will be attending the 2021 ACT Workforce Virtual Summit. I’ll also be presenting a TED-type talk about “Lessons from the Field: An Economic Developer’s Perspective of Developing a Skilled Workforce Topic: Partnership Innovations FRED Talks Opener, Apprenticeship, Rural Development, Employer Engagement.” Visit for more information.

August 13, 2021

Manheim Solutions, Inc. Completes New Job Profiles, Expands into Job Task Analysis Studies

This summer, Manheim Solutions, Inc. completed several new ACT Job Profiles for Sabra at its plant near Richmond, Virginia. Sabra’s plan manufactures hummus spreads. The ACR WorkKeys Job Profiling studies not only identifies the tasks completed by an employee, but also identifies the skills and level of those skills for an employee to complete the […]

May 11, 2021

Celebrating Economic Development Week

Celebrating Economic Development Week TWENTY-FIVE years ago, I earned my CEcD (Certified Economic Development) designation from the American Economic Development Council, now the IEDC (International Economic Development Council. Back in 1996, I already had a going career in community economic development, including coordinating a Small Business Development Center, working closely with many small businesses, entrepreneurs […]

May 3, 2021

ACT  Solutions Supports Apprenticeship Programs

ACT applauds the Biden Administration’s commitment to bolster registered apprenticeship in the United States and shares this commitment. In 2015, ACT partnered with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) to accelerate the use of each organization’s stackable credentials. “Our experience is that students who first secure the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate have succeeded in […]

November 11, 2020

Manheim Appointed Director of Illinois BEDC

Elgin IL – On October 30, 2020, Ivan Baker, CEcD, AICP, FM retired as Director of the Illinois Basic Economic Development Course (IL BEDC) and appointed Chris Manheim to take over the BEDC Director responsibilities. The IL BEDC is administered through the Office of Online and Education Outreach at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIUe) and […]

December 3, 2019

The Different Faces of Workforce Development in Economic Development

By Chris Manheim, CEcD, MA, Certified Economic Developer®, Authorized ACT WorkKeys Job Profiler® As Jim Walton often points out, the key site selection priority today is a skilled workforce, even ranking higher than location and infrastructure in many of the site selection surveys. But what is workforce development? There are several aspects to consider. It […]

October 9, 2019

Testimonial Letter from the Holland Michigan Board of Public Works

This summer we completed a series of ACT WorkKeys Job Profiles for apprenticeship positions at the Holland (Michigan) Board of Public Works. Attached is the testimonial letter from Jon Hoffman, Human Resource Manager.c20190716 Manheim Solutions Recommendation. If your company or organization is in need of a skill analysis for any of your jobs, please contact […]

September 9, 2019

Update on Manheim Solutions, Inc. Projects

2019 is turning into another busy year for Manheim Solutions, Inc. Among the highlights: • Completed seven apprenticeship profiles for the Holland (Michigan) Board of Public Works • Completed our work for the Village of Alsip (Illinois) on redeveloping its Pulaski Road TIF Corridor, a three and half year project • Began another economic development […]