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Counties at Work Virtual Summit

Jun. 10, 2021 – Jun. 11, 2021
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    Counties at Work Virtual Summit

    With automation, shifting demographics and the vast impacts of COVID-19 and increased remote work opportunities, America’s counties are planning for evolving workforce and industry needs. 

    The Counties at Work Virtual Summit featured experts and effective county solutions for many workforce issues. Click below to access the summit recording.

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    Join NACo on June 10 & 11 for the Counties at Work Virtual Summit, a two-day event that will feature experts and spotlight effective county solutions on a range of workforce issues.
    2021-06-10
    Forum / Meeting
    2021-06-15

With automation, shifting demographics and the vast impacts of COVID-19 and increased remote work opportunities, America’s counties are planning for evolving workforce and industry needs. 

The Counties at Work Virtual Summit featured experts and effective county solutions for many workforce issues. Click below to access the summit recording.

Schedule at a Glance

Thursday, Jun 10

  • 06
    10
    11:30 am to 12:00 pm EDT

    Join us for keynote remarks from U.S. Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh.

  • Conference Agenda

    County Preparation for the Future of Work

    To explore the county role in preparing for the Future of Work, this session will share findings from a recent survey of county leaders, as well as information provided by those leaders during a series of town hall conversations. Our findings speak to the critical role of partnerships among government leaders, local workforce development boards and community colleges. The session will include a moderated conversation with county leaders who will speak to their experience preparing for the Future of Work, including how the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the lens through which county leaders view this challenge. This session is supported by Walmart.
    06
    10
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT

    To explore the county role in preparing for the Future of Work, this session will share findings from a recent survey of county leaders, as well as information provided by those leaders during a series of town hall conversations. Our findings speak to the critical role of partnerships among government leaders, local workforce development boards and community colleges. The session will include a moderated conversation with county leaders who will speak to their experience preparing for the Future of Work, including how the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the lens through which county leaders view this challenge.

    This session is supported by Walmart.

    • Director of Research and Evaluation, Human Services, Mathematica  
       
  • Conference Agenda

    Supporting Post-Secondary Education and Workforce Opportunities through County Partnerships

    County leaders are partnering with post-secondary education institutions, local businesses and workforce development boards to improve employment and educational outcomes for local jobseekers. NACo recently released a report, Counties At Work: Counties Support Post-Secondary Education and Workforce Opportunities, which highlights key considerations for county leaders seeking partnerships with higher education to promote gainful employment and increase higher education attainment and training for residents.
    06
    10
    2:15 pm to 3:00 pm EDT

    County leaders are partnering with post-secondary education institutions, local businesses and workforce development boards to improve employment and educational outcomes for local jobseekers. NACo recently released a report, Counties At Work: Counties Support Post-Secondary Education and Workforce Opportunities, which highlights key considerations for county leaders seeking partnerships with higher education to promote gainful employment and increase higher education attainment and training for residents.

    • Assistant Executive Officer, Community, Development, and Support Services, San Bernardino County, Calif.  
       
  • Conference Agenda

    The Future of Automation in the Workforce

    This session will bring together thought partners leading research, practice and policy solutions related to the future of automation in the workforce. During this discussion, panelists will identify top issues facing counties in addressing the future of automation and ways to prepare for these changes in advance. Multiple perspectives will help inform decision making for local leaders and expand awareness for what the evidence reveals about what’s working and what is not.
    06
    10
    3:15 pm to 4:15 pm EDT

    This session will bring together thought partners leading research, practice and policy solutions related to the future of automation in the workforce. During this discussion, panelists will identify top issues facing counties in addressing the future of automation and ways to prepare for these changes in advance. Multiple perspectives will help inform decision making for local leaders and expand awareness for what the evidence reveals about what’s working and what is not.

Friday, Jun 11

  • Conference Agenda

    Powering the Future of Work through New Energy Innovation

    This session will explore the Future of Work through the lens of new energy technologies and energy transition. As renewable energy continues to decrease in costs and increase in deployment, disruption is occurring in economies and communities across the nation. This session will convene subject matter experts and county leaders to share how counties can tap into this energy transition and develop workforce strategies to fuel new job growth and power local economies.
    06
    11
    11:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT

    This session will explore the Future of Work through the lens of new energy technologies and energy transition. As renewable energy continues to decrease in costs and increase in deployment, disruption is occurring in economies and communities across the nation. This session will convene subject matter experts and county leaders to share how counties can tap into this energy transition and develop workforce strategies to fuel new job growth and power local economies.

    • Fellow, Metropolian Policy Program, The Brookings Institution  
       
    • Director of Economic Development, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy  
       
    • Managing Partner of Coalfield Strategies and InvestSWVA Director  
       
  • Conference Agenda

    Local Investment in the Workforce

    As America’s workforce needs evolve, county governments are tasked with ensuring their communities adapt and that residents are prepared for jobs offered by local employers. Counties face many diverse challenges related to work in 2021, many of which require partnerships with the federal government and the private sector to ensure both worker and employer needs are met. This session will explore how counties can leverage valuable partnerships as well as funds allocated by the American Rescue Plan Act toward investing in local workforce.
    06
    11
    1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EDT

    As America’s workforce needs evolve, county governments are tasked with ensuring their communities adapt and that residents are prepared for jobs offered by local employers. Counties face many diverse challenges related to work in 2021, many of which require partnerships with the federal government and the private sector to ensure both worker and employer needs are met. This session will explore how counties can leverage valuable partnerships as well as funds allocated by the American Rescue Plan Act toward investing in local workforce.

  • Conference Agenda

    Ensuring Equitable Planning for the Future of Work

    Not only is the early rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic in labor market demand leaving workers of color behind, but automation is accelerating in the wake of the pandemic and it disproportionately places people of color and immigrants at risk of being dislocated from their jobs. This session will highlight the inequitable workforce impacts of COVID-19, and the racial equity implications of automation. Panelists will provide an overview of long-standing racial gaps in our labor market and will provide solutions for county leaders to ensure equitable workforce recovery from the pandemic and upskilling opportunities for workers displaced by technology.
    06
    11
    2:30 pm to 3:30 pm EDT

    Not only is the early rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic in labor market demand leaving workers of color behind, but automation is accelerating in the wake of the pandemic and it disproportionately places people of color and immigrants at risk of being dislocated from their jobs. This session will highlight the inequitable workforce impacts of COVID-19, and the racial equity implications of automation. Panelists will provide an overview of long-standing racial gaps in our labor market and will provide solutions for county leaders to ensure equitable workforce recovery from the pandemic and upskilling opportunities for workers displaced by technology.

    • Director of the Workforce Policy Program, Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies  
       

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