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    Regional Workforce Summit
    March 6, 2014 - In conjunction with the sponsorship of other members of the Great River Region Partnership, Lee County EDG hosted a comprehensive workforce conference to address the critical issues facing the employers in this region. The objective was to bring together business, industry and educators to begin to develop a course of action that would positively address this very pressing issue.

    This wide cross section of manufacturers, hospitals, government officials, educators, community leaders and students from SE Iowa  was recognized by the key note speaker, national workforce expert, Mark Lautman, as one of the best representations he has ever seen assembled for such discussions.

    Now, more than ever, the importance of industries working together with educators in order to encourage students to be more involved in subjects such as math, science, physics and engineering is critical to help assure Southeast Iowa has a qualified workforce. 

    Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds spoke on the state’s efforts to increase a student’s skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through the STEM program. In order to build careers for tomorrow, we must give our children a high-quality, innovative education by developing a workforce talent pipeline.

    Excellent presentations were also made (pictured right, from left to right) by: Greg Smith Principal of Fort Madison High School, Cara Sanders representing the Mississippi Valley Human Resource Association, Jeff Johnson from the veterans placement group Hero 2 Hired, Dennis Hinkle representing Southeastern Community College and CBiz and David File from Iowa Wesleyan College.

    A special thanks to all of the sponsors that helped make the Regional Workforce Summit a success: Alliant Energy, IowaWorks, Southeastern Community College Center for Business, Northeast Missouri Electric Power Cooperative, Fort Madison Partners, Greater Burlington Partnership, Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance and Keokuk Economic Development Corporation.

    This Regional Workforce Summit was just the first step of many to help address the very important workforce issue  in Southeast Iowa. This is an issue that will not be corrected without everyone working together.  If you would like to become involved in the process please contact Dana Klesner at dklesner@leecountyedg.com.
       



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