A workforce development panel discussion moderated by Click Bond’s Collie Hutter and Dr. Carol Lucey, former president of Western Nevada College, is set for Dec. 17.
The dialogue will be during a Nevada Business Connections (NBC) breakfast meeting that third Wednesday of the month in the Gold Dust West Resort and Casino at 2171 U.S. Highway 50 East. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and the program to follow a half hour later.
“Employee/employer issues have become the number one topic in Northern Nevada,” said Kris Holt, executive director of NBC. He said the panel is prepared to discuss their available resources and the various ways in which training problems may be addressed and changed. The topic has been at the forefront for years, but discussion has spiked since Tesla Motors decided to build a large battery factory in Storey County.
Both Hutter, president of a manufacturing equipment supplier for aeronautics firms or others, and Lucey as the former head of WNC have been active in advocating workforce development for years.
Panelists will include Ann Silver, executive director of Job Opportunities in Nevada; Sandra Haslam, director of Nevada Industry Excellence; David Steiger, WNC director of economic development; Emily Howarth, WNC information science professor, along with possible representatives of Truckee Meadows Community College, Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, and JobConnect of Nevada.
Cost for members of the economic development and business networking organization is $25 with a $35 charge for guests. Students with valid damnification from the Nevada System of Higher Education also may attend for $25.