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State Chamber's Economic Outlook Seminar to focus on workforce development

This year's South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry's annual Economic Outlook highlights a topic that has been discussed thoroughly in recent months — workforce development. The Economic Outlook will be held Thursday, Nov. 13, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Dr. Ralph Brown will give an update on the state and regional economies and discuss the principles of inflation. A Professor Emeritus of Economics at USD and Chief Advisor to the Governor's Economic Advisory Council, Brown has presented at previous events; currently he's with Economic Analysts & Associates in Vermillion. A workforce development panel will discuss issues including filling technical job openings, developing new workforces and ideas for coping with a shortage of workers. Dr. Paul Harrington, Director of the Center for Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel State Chamber's Economic Outlook to focus on workforce development University in Philadelphia, will lead a workforce development discussion. He has authored and co-authored numerous articles, monographs, and books and taught a wide variety of courses in economics and public policy. He frequently serves as a featured speaker at conferences on education and workforce development across the nation and is often cited in media reports on labor market and economic activity. Harrington was also part of the Workforce Summits held around the state this summer by Governor's Office of Economic Development. If you missed his presentation at one of the summits, you will have a chance to hear it now. Two individuals will discuss their company's solutions to workforce issues. Jen Schaefer, PHR, Head of People and Culture at DocuTAP in Sioux Falls, will explain how they recruit and keep workers with technology skills. David Giovannini, Senior Vice President with Molded Fiber Glass Companies in Aberdeen, will discuss his company's innovative solutions to worker shortages. Event sponsors include: Avera Health, Sanford Health, First PREMIER Bank, Forward Sioux Falls and U.S. Bank. The cost is $60 per person and includes lunch. Register at and click on Economic Outlook Seminar.
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