Rural Jobs Summit

Rural Jobs Summit

We're bringing together business leaders, legislators and others to continue talking about ways to drive economic growth in rural Washington. 

From broadband natural resources, from workforce development to cryptocurrency, the 2018 AWB Rural Jobs Summit will be full of relevant content and dynamic discussions. Join community leaders from across the state Nov 8-9 at Lower Columbia College in Longview.

Learn more and reserve your spot: https://www.awb.org/1/?cid=451

Thursday, November 8 - Friday, November 9

Lower Columbia College - 1600 Maple St., Longview WA 98632 - Student Union Building

 

 

Agenda (as of 10.23.18)

 

Thursday, November 8

10:00 a.m. Registration Opens

     
10:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks  
  Kris Johnson, President & CEO, Association of Washington Business  
     
11:00 a.m. Natural Resources  
  Lisa Perry, Community Relations, Sierra Pacific Industries, Moderator 
 
  Robert Sudar, Owner, Fall Creek Fish
 
     
12:00 p.m. Break  
     
12:30 p.m. Lunch  
     
1:00 p.m. Lunch Keynote  
     
2:00 p.m. Broadband & Technology  
  Tonya Drake, Chancellor, WGU Washington, Moderator  
  Gordon Cook, Director, Field Network Engineering, Northwest, Verizon Wireless  
     
3:00 p.m. Break  
     
3:10 p.m. Access to Capital  
  Eric Johnson, Executive Director, Washington Public Ports Association, Moderator  
  Jeremy Field, Reginal Administrator, Pacific Northwest Region, Small Business Administration  
 

Andy Mesojednik, Vice President, Aberdeen Commercial Banking, Bank of the Pacific 

 
  Mark Scheffel, Senior Vice President, Advantage Capital  
     
4:10 p.m.
Early Learning & Childcare
 
  Ashley Helenberg, Director of External Affairs, Port of Longview, Moderator  
     
5:10 p.m. Closing Remarks
 
     
5:15 p.m. Afternoon Adjourn  
     
5:30 p.m. Reception  
     

Friday, November 9

7:30 a.m.
Registration Opens

     
7:30 a.m. Breakfast  
     
7:55 a.m.
Welcome Remarks  
  Michael Ennis, Director Government Affairs, Association of Washington Business  
     
8:00 a.m.
State Agency Directors
 
  Michael Ennis, Director Government Affairs, Association of Washington Business, Moderator  
  Brian Bonlender, Director, Department of Commerce  
  Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands 
 
     
8:30 a.m.
Opportunity Zones
 
  Sarah Lee, Project Director, Washington State Department of Commerce
 
     
9:20 a.m.
Housing
 
     
10:20 a.m.
Break
 
     
 10:30 a.m.
Worforce
 
  Elizabeth Iaukea, Workforce Development Librarian, Washington State Library  
  Nick Streuli, Legislative & Executive Operations Director, Washington State Employment Security Department, Moderator
 
     
11:15 a.m.
Lunch  
     
11:45 a.m.
Federal Issues
 
  Jon DeVaney, President, Washington State Tree Fruit Association, Moderator
 
  Apollo Fuhriman, Regional Advocate, Pacific Northwest Region, Small Business Administration  
  Steven Sudol, Director of Operations, Ste Michelle Wine Estates  
     
12:30 p.m.
Legislative Leadership Panel
 
  Gary Chandler, Vice President, Government Affairs, Association of Washington Business 
 
  Sen. John Braun, Dist. 20
 
  Sen. Marko Liias, Dist. 21  
  Rep. JT Wilcox, Dist. 02  
     
1:30 p.m.
Closing  
     
2:00 p.m.
Adjourn

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:30am to 2:00pm