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Rural Community Vitality Forums: What's working in your community, and what's not?

 

The Workforce Board recently wrapped up a series of rural forums, traveling to locations all across the state to hear stories and soutions from employers, employees, and the community to boost Washington's economy. The fifth and final forum was a statewide recorded webinar.

 

 

Past Forums

Economic overview

Event presentation

Business breakfast presentation

TOPPENISH, WA

Yakama Nation Cultural Heritage Center

100 Spilyay Loop, Toppenish, WA 98948

Business Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am

Rural Community Listening Forum & Lunch 9:30 am-2:30 pm


Economic overview

Event presentation

Business breakfast presentation

ABERDEEN, WA

Grays Harbor College
1620 Edward P. Smith Dr., Aberdeen, WA 98520

Business Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am

Rural Community Listening Forum & Lunch 9:30 am-2:30 pm


Economic overview

Event presentation

Business breakfast presentation

COLVILLE, WA
Spokane Community College – Colville Campus

985 S. Elm St., Colville, WA 99114

Business Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am

Rural Community Listening Forum & Lunch 9:30 am-2:30 pm


Economic overview

Event presentation

Business breakfast presentation

QUINCY, WA

Port of Quincy – Quincy Valley Business and Conference Center

101 F St. SW, Quincy, WA 98848

Business Breakfast: 7:30-9:00 am

Rural Community Listening Forum & Lunch 9:30 am-2:30 pm

 

VIRTUAL MEETING

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

Meeting Accessibility
The Workforce Board is committed to providing employees and the public, including individuals with disabilities, access to its information and services. For information regarding Board meeting testimony, handouts, other questions, or for people needing special accommodation, please contact Erica Wollen at (360) 709-4608 or Erica.Wollen@wtb.wa.gov.

Lisa Karstetter of Microsoft talks about need for more training opportunities after high school at Quincy forum.

Washington's Economy is Booming

But is it happening where you live?

Training existing employees, and finding qualified new hires, can be a real challenge in rural Washington. So is starting and sustaining a business. Effective policy for rural regions can only be informed by the "lived in" experience of people in these communities. That's the purpose behind a series of Rural Community Vitality Forums that asks the local community what's working in generating a strong economy, and what's not.


 

Who Should Attend?

The Rural Community Vitality Forums are open to all—employers, educators, service-providers, elected officials, jobseekers, concerned citizens…everyone is welcome to share their perspective on keeping Washington’s rural communities strong and healthy!

Business Breakfasts Start the Day

Each forum includes a separate Business Breakfast so we can talk directly with employers. Comments from business leaders will help shape the community forum that follows. Workforce Board staff are working with local Chambers of Commerce to sponsor the Breakfasts (Get more information about the Business Breakfast at your local Chamber). 



"Listening Tour" Includes National Experts

The Workforce Board was fortunate to capture a grant that helps fund a nationally recognized facilitation team through the U.S. Department of Labor. Agency staff are working with these federal facilitators to organize a "listening tour" in four of Washington's rural communities. The facilitators will capture participant comments and frame next steps. Once the comments have been compiled, participants and other residents of rural Washington, will have a chance to provide input before a report is provided to state and federal policymakers. A statewide webcast convening is being organized for later this summer (date TBA).

 

 

 

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