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Uniting on workforce: Workforce2030 Conference highlights

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Missouri made historic progress in 2019 on a number of important workforce initiatives—many of which were introduced at the Missouri Chamber’s 2018 Workforce2030 Conference. This year, the second annual Workforce2030 Conference returned to St. Louis on Oct. 15-16 to explore what our state must do to continue progress toward becoming a frontrunner in workforce development.

Growing, attracting, training and retaining workforce remains a key focus for employers. A recent Gallup survey of more than 1,000 Missouri business leaders found that only 15 percent think that high school graduates are prepared for the workforce, only 42 percent agree that college graduates are prepared for the workforce, and only 30 percent think that Missouri attracts and retains top talent.

Workforce2030 builds momentum for positive change addressing these concerns. Last year’s conference proved this concept as lawmakers proceeded to pass several ideas that were addressed at the conference and included in the accompanying Workforce2030 Report—an in-depth, data-driven analysis of our state’s workforce challenges, how Missouri stacks up to other states and best workforce practices from around the nation. These transformative new efforts included the Missouri Fast Track and One Start programs, incentivizing computer science learning in Missouri high schools and enabling business professionals to more easily obtain certification to teach in Missouri classrooms, among others.

The 2019 Workforce2030 Conference continued to foster collaboration between hundreds of professionals in business, education and government to further develop Missouri’s talent pool and job competitiveness.

Browse highlights from the event below.

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