More Future Ready Iowa Regional Summits announced
Registration is now open to attend Future Ready Iowa Regional Summits across the state, increasing opportunities for collaboration to address the state's shortage of skilled workers.
The day-long summits are scheduled for this fall in Ames, Atlantic, Burlington, the Cedar Valley region, Centerville, Creston, Davenport, Denison, Des Moines, Elkader, Fort Dodge, Iowa City-Cedar Rapids, Muscatine, Pella, Sheffield, Sioux City, and Spencer. Dates, locations and registration information are available on the Future Ready Iowa website.
Future Ready Iowa was created to prepare and connect more Iowans with rewarding careers and good-paying jobs with Iowa employers. The initiative has a goal of 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce having education or training beyond high school by 2025.
The regional summits represent an opportunity for local and regional partners to come together and discuss potential solutions based on their area workforce needs and challenges.
Using a localized lens, the summits will provide a platform for strategies outlined in the Future Ready Iowa Act, which was passed with unanimous, bipartisan support by the Iowa legislature earlier this year. Each summit will provide tailored discussions on how to find, use and talk about a community’s occupation, income, education and demographic data. Stakeholders will also discuss underrepresented populations, business/education partnerships and preparation for the changing workforce.
Engaging business, community and other regional partners in a grassroots strategy is an action item recommended by the Future Ready Iowa Alliance, a cross-sector collaboration of 58 leaders across the state.