Governor Northam to speak at SWVA Economic Forum in May

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam will speak at the third annual SWVA Economic Forum, set Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the David J. Prior Convocation Center at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

Northam has made economic development and growth a top priority since taking office, and he has visited the region on several occasions. The governor will attend the morning session of the forum and will speak to the crowd as well.

The theme of this year’s event is Talent. Keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and a creative exchange of solutions from across the borders in neighboring states are just a few reasons you won’t want to miss this one-day event. Why Talent? The topic of Talent is resonating with every sector throughout the region. Businesses, economic development, education and workforce professionals, as well as employees and students face challenges on a daily basis.

Where do we go from here? echoes throughout these sectors as a greying workforce is being replaced by new generations. As technology advances, employers need an adaptive and trainable talent pool. The region seeks to retrain, recruit and retain talent. As the one of the Forum keynote speakers, Cheryl Cran will focus on the Future of Work. Cheryl is an award-winning international consultant, best-selling author and highly sought-after speaker. She has worked in multiple industries, with hundreds of clients and thousands of leaders worldwide. Her research and thought leadership on the Future of Work and Change Leadership have been featured in CNBC, Huffington Post, Metro New York, Readers Digest, Financial Post, Fox, Entrepreneur magazine and more.

Southwest Virginia is not alone facing the talent gap. Creative solutions for addressing these challenges will be …

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