Legislative Summit 2011 Session: Building Skills and Creating Jobs

 Computer keyboardAugust 10, 2011, San Antonio, Texas

Getting people back to work is a priority for states and the nation as a whole in order to recover from one of the worst economic downturns since the Great Depression. State budgets are negatively affected by high unemployment due to lower tax collections, and the consequences of so many unemployed workers reverberate throughout the local economies and certainly within the affected families.

This session provided an overview of state workforce systems and highlighted two state strategies, subsidized employment and career pathways, that have been successful in building the skills of workers and moving low-income individuals into jobs.




Moderator: Jack Tweedie, NCSL 

Speakers: Stan McMorris, Deputy Executive Director, Mississippi Department of Employment Security View presentation

Morna Foy, Wisconsin Technical College System View presentation

Eric Seleznow, National Skills Coalition, Washington, DC View presentation


For more information on workforce initiatives please contact Jack Tweedie or Rochelle Finzel at cyf-info@ncsl.org or 303-364-7700.