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Retooling Washington's Workforce October Forum

On October 5, 2011, 150 workforce and economic development professionals gathered in Seattle to share their work on how they're connecting the unemployed with jobs while getting employers the talent they need to speed our economic recovery in this one-day event summarizing activities and achievements of Retooling Washington's Workforce Initiative.


Economic Landscape - Michael J. Parks, former Marple's Business Newsletter publisher

  National Perspective - Lee Foley, senior D.C. lobbyist in the areas of economic and workforce development.
  Learning and Networking Sessions - Table talks led by practitioners who will relate their experiences, successes and obstacles to connecting jobseekers and employers - Latest Rough Draft of Notes - Your additions, suggestions welcome.

Large Room Discussion with panel including ESD Commissioner Paul Trause, SBCTC Executive Director Charlie Earl, Commerce Deputy Director Daniel Malarkey, WWA President Patrick Baldoz, MIC of Seattle Executive Director Dave Gering and Spokane Regional Labor Council Secretary-Treasurer Beth Thew

Results of Feedback Survey on Forum



Discussion group notes
Six notetakers attempted to capture highlights of the 12 discussions. If you attended a discussion, feel free to review and offer amendments. The notes are organized in the following manner::

1. What works
2. What are the obstacles
3. Where do we go from here.

Latest Rough Draft of Notes
These notes will help shape the Workforce Board portrays the successes and strengths of Washington's workforce system statewide and nationally.

The original slideshow of the discussion notes as compiled that day and shown briefly at the end of the October 6 forum.

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