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State conference to explore development of workforce

Nov. 14, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

INSTITUTE -- A workforce business conference is planned Friday, Nov. 16, at West Virginia State University. It begins at 9 a.m. in Wallace Hall and will focus on business and education within the state and how undergraduate institutions can play a part in promoting the economic development of southern West Virginia.

This conference consists of six separate panel discussions on the following topics: Innovation, manufacturing, natural resources, 2 + 2 programs with the community and technical schools, professional schools and preparing the future by helping the K-12 school system.

Many industry and academic leaders will be present, including Secretary of Commerce Keith Burdette, Higher Education Policy Commission Chancellor Paul Hill and Community and Technical College System Chancellor James Skidmore.

Steve Roberts, president of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce; Matt Ballard, executive director of the Charleston Area Alliance; Dennis Jarvis, director of the Upper Kanawha Valley Economic Development Authority, and Frank Jezioro, director West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, are among the presenters as well.

Legislators are also scheduled to speak, including state Sen. Karen Facemyer, Delegate Doug Skaff, chairman of the Small Business & EconomicDevelopment committee; chairman of the Workforce Development Committee; and member of the Finance Committee and the Roads and Transportationcommittee.

To learn more, visit www.wvstateu.edu.

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