Auburn University to hold workforce development conference March 25 in Montgomery

AUBURN UNIVERSITY –Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services will hold a one-day conference, “Workforce Development: Bridging Gaps to Increase Investments in Alabama,” Monday, March 25, at the Renaissance Hotel and Conference Center in Montgomery.

Attendees will delve into critical issues surrounding workforce development and jobs that have an impact on Alabama’s citizenry, governments and businesses.

Professionals from all levels of government and academics, as well as stakeholders representing the private sector, will gather to examine and discuss issues and opportunities and to work together on practical issues facing governmental entities. Representatives of governments, the community college systems, higher education and business communities will collaborate on how best to prepare individuals for jobs in Alabama.

Conference topics will include education and training; exploring Alabama’s workforce, development, and future; meeting Alabama’s job needs; job training and education; the economics of workforce development; and workforce development and the veteran.

The opening address will be given by James Barth, Senior Finance Fellow at the Milken Institute and the Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance at Auburn University. Other speakers include H. Philip Paradice Jr., regional director, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; Arthur Dunning, vice chancellor for International Programs and Outreach, University of Alabama; Ted Lasser, a veteran and entrepreneur and named a “Champion of Change” by President Barack Obama; Mark Heinrich, chancellor, Department of Postsecondary Education; Greg Canfield, secretary, Alabama Department of Commerce; and William Canary, president, Business Council of Alabama.

“Economic growth, in today’s economy, depends on the skills and education of America’s workforce in the public and private sectors,” said Don-Terry Veal, director of the Center for Governmental Services, an agency of University Outreach. “As the job markets everywhere continue to experience challenges, it is essential that we work together to improve approaches to education, workforce development and the direction of our long and frustrating experience with unemployment. This conference provides a unique opportunity for business leaders, educators, governments, veterans and the nonprofit community to discuss ideas that will advance our working and growing Alabama together.”

For more information and to register, go to the conference website at Advance registration and payment of the $45 registration fee is requested.

Sponsors include the Economic and Community Development Institute of Auburn University and the Alabama Cooperative Extension Systems; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama; the Alabama Association of Public Personnel Administrators; PowerSouth Energy Cooperative; Alabama Department of Commerce; the Alabama Community College System; and the Auburn University College of Business.

Contact: Don-Terry Veal, Center for Governmental Services, (334) 844-4781 (, or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (