Our Mission, Vision, & Goals
Promoting Military Spouse Employment in the Workforce
What We Do
Colorado Springs, recently ranked as the Best Place for Veterans (Military Times, 2018), has long recognized the importance of promoting military spouse employment. For more than 10 years, it has actively engaged in collaborative support initiatives, keeping in close step with the Department of Defense’s (DoD) noticeably larger emphasis on enabling spouse employment in an effort to enhance quality of life and increase retention rates across the services.
In 2018 our community enhanced its efforts significantly. With the supportive backing of the Chamber of Commerce and the Office of the Mayor, a relatively small committee evolved into a larger motivated community coalition consisting of 23 organizations and growing partners.
Our recent national designation (May 2018) as a Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone (MSEEZ) by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program has elevated our passion and commitment to the cause.
Relevant Surveys & Reports
2018 Blue Star Families Lifestyle Survey
2019 National Military Spouse Network White Paper “5 Recommendations for Removing Barriers to Entrepreneurship”
2019 DoD Report (Marriage and the Military)
Forbes: “The Military Spouse Employment Plight”
Hiring Our Heroes: “Understanding the Impacts of Spouse Unemployment on Military Recruitment, Retention, and Readiness”
MSCC Coalition Partners
Today, the Military Spouse Career Coalition (MSCC) consists of representatives from our four major military installations, the Military Affairs Council, community workforce agencies, local and national military non-profits, higher education institutions, and elected officials. Some members include: