HCWDB and Wilkes EDC Present the Wilkes Workforce Summit

The High Country WDB and the Wilkes Economic Development Commission presented the Wilkes Workforce Summit on Thursday, March 17th at the Stone Family Center in North Wilkesboro.

Keynote speaker Dr. Harry Davis, NCBA Professor of Banking; Economist; and Appalachian State University Professor of Banking  presented “The Economic Outlook,” an overview of the labor force and economy at the national, state, and local levels.

Pictured L to R Debra Foxx, Misty Bishop-Price, Keith Deveraux, Caroline Bracey-Adams, Robin Hamby, and LeeAnn Nixon.

The more than 100 attendees heard about valuable workforce development resources in the community and participated in break-out groups focusing on removing obstacles in the workforce including Childcare, Housing, Transportation;  Poverty, Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse; and Policies, Perks, Pay Scale, and Culture.  Attendees will receive a follow-up report on the topics as well as ways to get involved to address obstacles and to move the community forward.