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Delta Communities: Strategies for Creating a Stronger Workforce

Registration for this meeting is closed.

Date:  Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018
Time:  10 a.m.- 1 p.m. CT
Location: The Bank
123 East Second St.
Clarksdale, Miss. 38614 (map it)

Workforce development continues to be a critical component in creating a stronger economy and better life for individuals living in the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta and the nation. Many strategies, institutions and workforce collaborations provide opportunities to connect employers and workers with training to meet the Delta’s changing workforce demands. Workforce development starts as early as pre-K education and continues through upgrading skills for on-the-job training and adult education.

During this Delta Communities meeting, participants will hear from speakers who are engaged in multiple areas of workforce development in the Delta. We will also discuss programs that improve workforce outcomes and ideas for new programs, activities, partnerships and funding sources to further strengthen the Delta's economy and workforce.

The dialogue part of the event will focus on the following questions:

  • What workforce development strategies are working? What is not working?
  • What are potential ways to improve investments and outcomes?
  • What are next steps and ideas for improving workforce development in the Delta?

Participation in this event is free; however, registration is required by Monday, Jan. 15, as space is limited. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, please contact Drew Pack at 901-531-5054 or andrew.a.pack@stls.frb.org.


Delta Communities Initiative

With an aim of strengthening communities across the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta region, the St. Louis Fed launched the Delta Communities initiative to build awareness through regional forums of promising tools and strategies for community and economic development. The meetings feature presentations from St. Louis Fed staff and regional and national representatives with experience in building and sustaining community and economic development efforts.

Representatives from financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, small businesses, chambers of commerce, government entities and other local leaders are welcome to participate. While the forums will be held in Clarksdale, Miss., leaders from communities across the Delta region are encouraged to attend.