News & Updates

2017 Summit Outcomes

Posted on: June 10, 2017
Tags: Event updates, Skilled jobs, Job growth, Education

Improving Skilled Workforce Development Outcomes

The 2017 Summit focused on the subject of Skilled Workforce Development, looking at the issues involved in closing the gap that exists between unfilled skilled technical jobs existing in Ohio today, and the number of unemployed and underemployed workers, many of whom have been displaced from traditional manufacturing jobs.

In the afternoon session, 120 participants in 12 small deliberative discussion groups discussed options for closing this gap and overcoming the barriers.  The groups were led by experienced moderators following the format of the National Issues Forum Institute for conducting effective small group community discussions.

The options considered and the outcomes from all groups are summarized in the document which can be accessed by clicking on the link here.

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JD Vance Keynote Address

Posted on: June 8, 2017
Tags: Job growth, Event updates, Education, Skilled jobs

JD Vance addressed several key issues around increasing the success of retraining programs designed to help workers displaced from traditional manufacturing jobs to find a new path back to a middle class lifestyle. The full video of his Keynote Address at the 2017 Think Regional Summit is on YouTube, and can be accessed at the following link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOZkrEzYugc&t=7s

 

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THINK REGIONAL CHAIRPERSON IS ON TV

Posted on: March 29, 2017
Tags: Event updates, Summit, Skilled jobs, Speaker updates

Shelly Abrams, Chairperson of Think Regional, was interviewed on the Lebanon City Cable channel about the exciting agenda for the upcoming Summit on April 28, focusing on the Development of a Skilled Workforce for the 21st Century.

We have 2 interesting panels discussing the collaborative actions of major Chambers of Commerce and leading Educational institutions in our region, followed by Presentations by leading authors from Ohio: Phil DeVol, co-author of "Bridges Out of Poverty", and JD Vance, author of the best-selling book "Hillbilly Elegy". In the afternoon, Bill Muse, President Emeritus of the National Issues Forum Institute, part of the Kettering Foundation, will lead small group discussions on how our region could best take action to address the dual needs of businesses and displaced workers to fulfill the thousands of open middle-class salary jobs in technical fields in our area.

Click on or copy and paste the link below into your browser and fast forward to the 19th minute for Shelly's interview: https://thelebanonchannel.viebit.com/player.php?hash=o5SfTTHRHwRV. 

To register for the event (we're nearly sold out!), click on the Registration page on our website. Details of the agenda are in the Events page on our website.

You won't want to miss this compelling event, if you are at all interested in or impacted by the need to better develop our skilled workforce and fill open technical jobs in SouthWest Ohio!

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