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    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition has been bringing together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.

Join us to learn more about Skillful

Join us for a Skillful Webinar

Join the Ohio Workforce Coalition and TalentNEO on August 27 at 1:00pm EST to learn about Skillful, a collaboration of businesses, state government, non-profits, and educators forging a new way of creating and accessing opportunity.

Director Ryan Burgess from the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation will share an overview of Ohio’s engagement in the Skillful Network. Joe Barela, Director of Skillful Colorado will tell us more about his work, the importance of skills-based strategies, and how you can access their tools.

Register for this free webinar.

2018 Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit is November 1

Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit
A statewide convening of Ohio manufacturers and their workforce partners
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Great Columbus Convention Center

Register for the Ohio Manufacturers’ Workforce Summit 2018 on Thursday, November 1. This statewide convening of manufacturers and their critical workforce suppliers will help manufacturers and their workforce partners to:

  • Learn about successful regional manufacturers’ workforce partnerships
  • Hear about best practices and initiatives underway across Ohio and how those might align with your requirements
  • Access tools and resources that help support regional workforce development
  • Network and socialize with others, like you, who are making a difference!

Explore the event schedule and register on the event webpage.

National Skills Coalition audio update

Register for NSC’s Audio Update on FY 2011, 2012 Budget and Appropriations for Workforce Programs 

Dear Rebecca,

Join National Skills Coalition on Monday, February 28 at 1:00 pm ET for an overview and analysis of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 appropriations process— including the nearly $3.8 billion in workforce development and job training cuts proposed under the House-passed Continuing Resolution (CR)—and President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal for workforce programs. Numerous workforce programs face unprecedented cuts—including the complete elimination of WIA funding in Program Year 2011—and the debate in Washington is moving very quickly. The budget and appropriations process is quite complicated and can be confusing even for experienced policymakers. Make sure you understand how, exactly, Congress and the Administration are proposing to cut funding for job training programs in FY 2011 and 2012. Register today.

National Skills Coalition is keenly aware of the deep constraints and difficult choices facing Congress and the Administration in today’s fiscal climate, but reducing our nation’s investments in workforce development, basic skills and postsecondary education will have an immediate impact on business’ ability to find qualified workers, and will do lasting damage to our nation’s position as a global leader in the 21st-century economy. Learn what you can do to weigh in with lawmakers during this exceptionally challenging time to ensure we’re investing in workforce education and training that will have an immediate impact on both workers and businesses.

Free Trainings: Tax Credits for Working Families

Coalition on Human Needs

From our friends at the National Women’s Law Center:

Millions of families are missing out on money – potentially a lot of it – every tax season because they don’t even know to ask for the tax credits they are eligible for. We’re not talking about a few dollars; we’re talking about potentially thousands of dollars.

We need your help to spread the word. The National Women’s Law Center is offering two free online trainings to give you the information and tools you need. Register today at http://action.nwlc.org/taxcreditstraining. Both webinars are free, but registration is required.

Part I – Tax Credits: What Working Families Need to Know
Thursday, Oct. 21 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (1 hour)

Get the facts about how federal and state tax credits can give working families a leg up, and get access to resources that will help you to get that information in the hands of families in your community.

Part II – Tax Credits Outreach: Tips and Tools for Service Providers and Advocates

Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (1 hour)

You can make a big difference for families by making sure families get the information they need. Learn about simple outreach activities that can make a major impact for working families. This webinar will help you get free outreach materials, connect with local coalitions, find free tax preparation services in your community, and learn some successful techniques for spreading the word about tax credits.

For more information and to register for the trainings, go to: http://action.nwlc.org/taxcreditstraining

Senator Sherrod Brown, confirmed for OEDA conference

 2010 OEDA Annual Summit

 Connecting for Success

October 25-27

The Conference Center at NorthPointe–Columbus, Ohio

Featured Speaker

Senator Sherrod Brown 

October 27th – 10:45 a.m. 

Since January of 2007, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has held more than 150 community roundtables across Ohio’s 88 counties with local leaders and business owners, entrepreneurs and educators, and workers and families to find ways to rebuild our economy.

Recently described as “Congress’ leading proponent of American manufacturing,” Brown is working with the Obama Administration on the creation of a national manufacturing policy that would invest in manufacturing innovation, strengthen our component supply chain, connect workers with emerging industries, and ensure our trade policies reflect our national interests.

He is also working with Ohio’s universities, entrepreneurs, and community leaders to develop public-private partnerships that utilize Ohio’s natural resources to create new jobs in new industries and make Ohio a national leader in clean energy manufacturing. Senator Brown is working closely with the Obama Administration to increase incentives, like Recovery Act’s 48(c) Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit, that leverage public incentives to attract private sector investment in advanced clean energy manufacturing.

And as a long-time advocate for fair trade, Senator Brown is fighting to ensure our trade practices promote our workers and industries while creating jobs and expanding markets for businesses.

Recognizing the importance of small businesses in promoting local economic development, Brown has worked to connect Ohio’s small businesses with critical federal resources that increase small business lending and encourage small business expansion.  He and his staff have held more than a dozen small business workshops across Ohio to connect more than 1,100 small business owners with new loans and lending available through the Recovery Act and the Small Business Administration (SBA).  Senator Brown is working on legislation that would increase the caps on SBA-backed loans to help unleash the innovation of our small businesses who have particularly higher capital costs.

For the last two years, Senator Brown has also convened a one-of-its-kind Ohio College Presidents Conference in Washington to discuss ways to leverage federal resources to promote higher education and job training in Ohio. At the federal level, these collaborative efforts between Ohio’s colleges, businesses, and workforce development boards have translated to legislation he introduced called the Strengthening Employment Clusters to Organize Regional Success (SECTORS) Act. SECTORS would help communities develop specialized workforce training programs to meet regional needs – it would connect workers to the needs of emerging industries or clusters.

Brown is just the seventh Ohio Senator in history to sit on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee where he will ensure Ohio receives its fair share of federal resources and investments.  He also sits on the Senate Banking Committee, and is Chairman of its Subcommittee on Economic Policy, where he played an instrumental role in passing historic Wall Street reform legislation.  From his position on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Brown is a staunch supporter of providing comprehensive benefits to our nation’s veterans, even as an early and outspoken opponent of the Iraq War.

Brown is also is first Ohio Senator in 40 years to sit on the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee where he serves as Chairman of its Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition, and Family Farms.

Prior to serving in the United States Senate, Brown served seven terms as a United States Congressman for the 13th District, two terms as Ohio’s Secretary of State, and has taught in Ohio’s public schools and at Ohio State University. He is married to Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist Connie Schultz. They reside in Avon, Ohio, and have three daughters, a son, and a grandson all of whom make Ohio their home.