Thursday, August 12, 2010

Arkansas Economic Issues Breakfast to be held on August 18th!

Technological and economic forces are transforming the workplace of the 21st century, with highly technical skills and a strong academic background in math and science increasingly in demand.  Are young Arkansans acquiring the skills they will need to be employed in tomorrow’s good jobs?  Will our workforce be competitive in the global economy?  How can community and business leaders be part of the solutions?  At the next Arkansas Economic Issues Breakfast, we will address these questions and continue the search for strategies and actions to improve the quality of the Arkansas labor force.

The Arkansas Economic Issues Breakfast, to be held on August 18, 2010, will be conducted in partnership with Accelerate Arkansas, a statewide volunteer group dedicated to raising per capita income of Arkansas.  One of Accelerate Arkansas’s five Core Strategies is to “increase the education level of Arkansans in science, technology, engineering and math.”  These capabilities are crucial in the workplace of the future—and the present—as we move toward an increasingly knowledge-based economy.

This program is the third in the series and will focus on matching the needs of business and industry with the skills of the Arkansas workforce.  Kathy Deck, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research in the Walton College and Michael Pakko, chief economist and state economic forecaster for the Institute of Economic Advancement in Little Rock will provide the latest data and trends about the state’s economy.  Then, speaking from Little Rock will be Charisse Childers, Executive Director of Accelerate Arkansas.  An interactive discussion about workforce readiness among the seven sites will follow the presentation by Childers.

The Arkansas Economic Issues Breakfast Series is coordinated by the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in cooperation with the Center for Business and Economic Research in the Walton College, the College of Business at UA Fort Smith, the Delta Center for Economic Development at Arkansas State University, the Economic Research and Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Southern Arkansas University.  The Series is sponsored by Arkansas Business.

The Northwest Arkansas event will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development on the University of Arkansas campus. There is a $20 fee for the breakfast event, and reservations are required by August 16.  Reservations for any of the seven locations can be made at http://arkansasbusiness.com/EconomicsBreakfast or at http://cber.uark.edu.  Questions or reservations for the Northwest Arkansas event can be directed to (479) 575-4151 or emailed to cber@uark.edu.

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