FloridaWorks Annual Meeting
Building the TEAM Momentum
FloridaWorks held its annual meeting on January 22 to bring important work force related initiatives to the forefront and gain important feedback from our community partners. Special guest speakers included Wes L. Jurey, President & CEO, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Arlington, Texas and Chair, Texas Workforce Investment Council (Texas State Workforce Board) and Belinda Keiser, Keiser University, Vice Chancellor of Community Relations and Student Advancement and Chair, Workforce Florida, Inc. (Florida State Workforce Board).
Jurey discussed the current status of Florida and national workforce development activities, the future direction of talent development, the economy and unemployment. He gave a global perspective and its importance to our region and the nation. National information was presented, including what is happening in other states, at the Department of Labor and legislative activities in Washington DC that will shape the future of America’s workforce.
Keiser described the well-attended private university, Keiser University, and its global reach. She described the accreditation and standards private colleges are held to, which are the same as state colleges. She stressed the need for all educational organizations to work together to meet the needs of job seekers and employers. She described the role of private colleges to provide training that fulfills the short-term market-driven response needed by employers.
The FloridaWorks Annual Meeting also included a “Coffee House” panel discussion. There was lively discussion addressing the community’s needs and future needs. The members of the panel included:
Jackson Sasser, President Santa Fe College
Gary Earl, Executive Director, Workforce Central Florida – Officer, National Workforce Association
Sonia Douglas, VP and COO, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, – Officer, FloridaWorks – Alachua Bradford Regional Workforce Board
Jane Muir, UF’s Office of Technology Licensing
Jenna White, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
Brian da Frota, Prioria, Inc.
Randy Reid, County Manager, Alachua County
Angela Pate, Executive Director, FloridaWorks
For more on the Annual Meeting read the Gainesville Sun article.