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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:


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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  We look forward to seeing you at the Summit on April 28!

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