||Over the past 18 months, my Drucker Institute colleagues and I have been working to find ways to help remedy this situation. How can we ensure that people will have the tools they need to adapt, especially as skills and knowledge are becoming obsolete on an ever-faster basis? In response, we’ve devised an innovative system of lifelong learning for South Bend that pulls together a wide range of players — employers, yes, but also educational institutions, government and nonprofit training entities, and community groups of all kinds. We aim to launch the system in early 2020, in collaboration with the office of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the St. Joseph County Public Library.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the chief executive of the City of South Bend. The city’s thirty-second mayor, he was sworn into office on January 1, 2012. As mayor, Buttigieg is responsible for the city workforce of over 1,000 employees and an annual budget over $300 million.