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Roundtable on the Future of Midwest Skills




National Skills Coalition teamed up with the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity to host this discussion on workforce opportunities and challenges shared by Midwest states.  The day included small- and large-group discussions on data, resources, and underserved populations, and next steps that would be needed to advance a policy agenda for an inclusive Midwest skills economy.

The Roundtable on the Future of Midwest Skills was held at the Detroit branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on May 14, 2019 and was attended by 60 research organizations, community college leaders, regional funder collaboratives, business associations, workforce practitioners, and philanthropic partners working to expand skills training opportunities in Midwestern states.

Guest speakers and panelists included:

  • Brandy Johnson, Policy Advisor, Workforce Development, Office of Governor G. Whitmer
  • Clarinda Barnett-Harrison, Director of Economic Prosperity, United Way of Southeast Michigan
  • Jennifer Riggenbach, Senior Consulting Partner, Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership
  • Kenneth Sherin, Director for Community Vitality, South Dakota State University Extension Program
  • Liza Smitherman, Vice President, Professional Development, Jostin Construction


You can find the event agenda here and a list of participants here.

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