Michael Salvadore currently serves as Workforce Navigator at the Franklin County Economic Development and Planning Department, where he strives to solve the workforce development challenges of Central Ohio employers by facilitating their hiring and training of unemployed, underemployed, and low income Franklin County residents. Michael helped develop and now leads the implementation of the Franklin County “People Works” program, which aims to help County residents currently receiving public assistance from one or more of Franklin County’s social service agencies find jobs that pay wages which can contribute to them moving off of assistance.
In his role, Michael acts as a first point of contact for individual businesses looking for workforce talent. He works to determine the hiring needs of these employers and to facilitate the identification of candidates who have the skills necessary to succeed in these jobs from Franklin County’s social services agencies, including the Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services, Child Support Enforcement Agency, and Franklin County Children’s Services.
In addition, Michael acts as a resource for business organizations (like the Columbus Chamber of Commerce) and economic developers on the challenging issue of workforce development. He helps to identify workforce-related resources in the community for these organizations, and helps to make connections between businesses and workforce agencies to develop new and innovative solutions to the challenges facing the business community and job seekers alike.
Michael also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Ohio University-Lancaster, where he teaches Economics, including ECON 1000 (Survey of Economics), ECON 1030 (Introduction to Microeconomics), and ECON 1040 (Introduction to Macroeconomics).