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Pathways to prosperity conference is on May 9

 


Local employers, education leaders and others interested in resolving local workforce issues are invited to the Rural Pathways to Prosperity Workforce Conference in Davenport Wednesday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. The goal of the half-day, statewide conference is to determine how communities can create a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the needs of local businesses by connecting employers, educators and students.

Over 20 conference sites across rural Washington will begin the morning by simultaneously watching Brent Parton, a national expert sharing best rural practices across the nation, and Chris Reykdal, Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, sharing statewide resources. Then each site will turn their attention to local issues and ideas. Doug Tweedy, regional economist for the Employment Security Department will be in Davenport to explain who is included in Lincoln County’s workforce – including the over 3,000 people who leave the county for work every day – and the influence that workforce dynamics have on local industry. The rest of the morning will be spent discussing programs and policies that help prepare young people for great jobs in their local economies.

The conference is free to attend and will be held in the lower level conference room at the Lincoln County Public Works Building at 27234 State Route 25 N. Registration is required so that we can plan for seating and materials. Go to WaRuralProsperity.wsu.edu and register for the Davenport event or call the Lincoln County Economic Development Council, host for the local site, at 509-368-7085.

The 2018 Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference is sponsored by WSU Extension in partnership with Washington Workforce Board, Association of Washington Cities, USDA Rural Development, and Career Connect Washington.

 

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