Economic Development

‘Rebuilding America’ Series Opens with Harvard Lecturer

CHAMPION, Ohio — Joseph Fuller, Harvard Business School senior lecturer and founder of the global consulting firm Monitor Group, now Monitor-Deloitte, will speak on “Bridge the Gap: Rebuilding America’s Middle Skills,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 20, at the Kent State University Trumbull Campus.

Fuller will deliver the keynote address at the event, the first in the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber’s Rebuilding America Series, and will be joined by panelists for for a discussion and question-and-answer session.

The Rebuilding America series is designed to address the fact that while millions of potential workers remain unemployed, and millions more are underemployed, companies struggle to fill open positions. These “middle skills” jobs that require more than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree continue to remain vacant, reducing America’s global competitiveness.

“By addressing one of the top concerns for employers and site selectors in manufacturing, the Youngstown-Warren area can better position itself to continue capitalizing on the nation’s industrial rebirth,” Tom Humphries, Regional Chamber president and CEO, said.

The chamber is sponsoring the series in partnership with the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition, Youngstown State University, Oh-Penn Manufacturing Collaborative and Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership.

“We are pleased to be part of this series, drawing further attention to regional manufacturing career pathways and emphasizing the importance of working together to seize the economic opportunities before us,” said Jessica Borza, Oh-Penn Manufacturing Collaborative sector partnership coordinator.

To register, contact Amy Young at 330 744 2131, ext. 12, or via email at amy@regionalchamber.com, or register on line by visiting the Calendar of Events page.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.