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Blog Entries - 2017

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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2017 Summit Agenda and Panel-Speaker Overview

We are excited to announce the details of the agenda and an overview of the speakers and panelists for the 2017 Think Regional Summit.  Our focus will be on the collaborative actions we could take to help increase our skilled workforce in Southwest Ohio, reducing the level of unfilled technically skilled jobs, and helping to retrain more of our displaced workers from traditional manufacturing jobs.

Click on the Events Link and the 2017 Agenda page for the details.

YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS THIS COMPELLING EVENT!  After you check out the Agenda, click on the Registration Link and the 2017 Registration page to sign up TODAY!

 

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Register for the 2017 Summit Today

Posted on: January 18, 2017
Tags: Summit, Job growth, Skilled jobs, Education

The registration page is now open for the 2017 Think Regional Summit.  You won't want to miss this event!

Continuing our focus on collaborative actions to help facilitate greater economic growth and an increase in higher-paying, career-oriented jobs, we will focus on activities and insights that can build a stronger skilled and educated workforce across our region, which is key to attracting the investments that lead to greater economic growth and higher paying, career jobs to Southwest Ohio.

Our key speakers will be J.D. Vance, best-selling author of "Hillbilly Elegy" and Phil DeVol, co-author of "Bridges Out of Poverty", both Ohio natives.  We are also pleased to have Dr. Bill Muse, President Emeritus of the National Issues Forum, a part of the Kettering Foundation, who will help us lead the afternoon Issue Action Group discussions with the format of "Deliberative Decision Making" that National Issues Forum employs to facilitate discussions of community issues across the country.

You can reserve your spot today at the EventBrite web site at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-think-regional-southwest-ohio-summit-tickets-31261776816.  We look forward to seeing you at the Summit on April 28!

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