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Future of Work

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

How the Gig Economy Can Help Cities Thrive

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The gig economy in America is growing exponentially as more than a third of the workforce hold a contractor or part-time gig. From Uber to TaskRabbit, innovative mobile applications offer ways to find work and provide users with more control of their time and income. When the local economy takes a turn, a strong gig... Read more »

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Building Foundations: Investing in Youth to Support Workforce Success

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Is the next generation ready for the future of work? City leaders can be proactive to prepare youth for the workforce by implementing effective strategies that promote professional development long before they enter the workforce. Come to learn how to cultivate a successful workforce that supports sustainable economic growth. During a panel discussion, you’ll hear insights... Read more »

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

The Future is Automated: How City Leaders Can Prepare for a New Economic Landscape

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Automation is one of the formidable forces molding the changing economy. It has the potential to impact people across sectors and at various levels of employment and education. From manufacturing and supply chain to retail and food service, many jobs are vulnerable to automation. City leaders will learn to prepare communities for the future of... Read more »

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Film Discussion: No Small Matter

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In the richest country in the world, why are so many children not school ready by the time they reach kindergarten? A child’s earliest surroundings and interactions shape the developing brain, building the foundations for life-long cognitive and emotional development, even mental and physical health. Early childhood experiences form the basis for kindergarten readiness, which... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Ensuring Equity in Workforce Development Programming for Special Populations

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A skilled workforce is a major contributor to a growing economy.  As technology advances, cities must prepare for a new economic landscape that offers training and job opportunities to all constituents. City leaders will discuss strategies that promote equity in workforce development and discover new programs to ensure year-long programming for youth and adults. Local... Read more »