Washington County employers benefit from access to a labor shed of more than 263,000 workers within a 50-mile radius. Our proximity to the St. Louis metro offers an alternative to workers in the region who would rather avoid urban traffic and hassles. Just as important, the local labor force is known for its long-term loyalty to employers. As one employer noted, “Washington County workers stick like glue.” We’re proud to have achieved a Certified Work Ready workforce. Local educators keep the workforce strong, with K-12 and postsecondary programs aligned to employer needs. Two area higher education institutions work closely with local employers, adjusting programs to deliver skills as requirements and technology change.