Workforce Summit

Oct 2017 Workforce SummitNext Session Coming Soon

Industry 4.0 – Southwest Wisconsin’s Future Workforce

Where are things headed in the Future and ARE YOU PART OF THE PICTURE?

Industry 4.0 – Southwest Wisconsin’s Future Workforce will give attendees an in-depth look at the most current labor market and industry trends in southwest Wisconsin.

The event will identify trends in the future of work and workforce development, and challenge business leaders to consider new, innovative solutions to meet their existing and upcoming workforce needs.

The workforce is rapidly evolving. Technology and automation are transforming — and even eliminating jobs. The “gig economy” is growing. Workforce motivators are changing. What do the region’s demographics tell us? Are there strategies you should be exploring today to ensure an engaged and thriving workforce for tomorrow? How can you leverage the resurgence and evolution of apprenticeships? What are the hot industries and in-demand jobs?

Is your organization future ready?

This is an excellent opportunity to network with other local industries to develop partnerships in addressing workforce and the skills gap. Plan to join your business colleagues for this informative seminar that promises to spur lively dialog on ways to meet your current and future workforce needs.


Current Workforce Demographics & Trends – Matt Kures, UW Extension

Growth Industries, In-Demand Jobs, & Skills of the Future – Steven Deller, UW Extension

Business Climate Report by Steven Deller, UW Extension

Keynote Speakers

Steven Deller is a Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Community Economic Development Specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. He is serving as Interim Director of the Center. Steve’s work focuses on regional economics and local public finance with an eye toward economic development strategies at both the state and local level. He is a co-author, with the Center founding director Ron Shaffer and Dave Marcouiler, of the text book Community Economics: Linking Theory and Practice, along as a co-editor of four additional books. His last book, with John Halstead of the University of New Hampshire, is entitled Social Capital at the Community Level: An Applied Interdisciplinary Perspective. He serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals including Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of Regional Science, Community Development, and Papers in Regional Science, among others. His current work focuses on entrepreneurship and small business development within the framework of social capital.

Matt Kures is a Community Development Specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development. Working in partnership with Extension’s statewide network of Community Resource Development (CRD) educators, he carries out the Wisconsin Idea by assisting communities and organizations in the areas of regional economic analysis, labor force research, socio-economic impact analysis and industry sector competitiveness. Matt’s current research emphases include industrial cluster policy, labor mobility, and changes to regional commuting patterns. Matt has worked in the Center since 2001. During this time he has authored numerous studies on Wisconsin’s economy and has made over 100 presentations to local, regional and national audiences. Matt was a regular contributor to the Capitol Region Business Journal and his work is featured in numerous other business and economic development publications. Matt was named to “Madison’s 40 Under 40” by In Business magazine. He and his Center colleagues were also recognized with the 2009 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement. In 2016, he received the Outstanding Specialist Award from UW-Extension’s Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development program. Matt is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This event is sponsored by Prosperity Southwest Wisconsin (PSW) with financial support from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Additional partners include the Southwest WI Technical College, Southwest WI Chamber Alliance, Southwest WI Workforce Development Board, UW Platteville and the Southwest WI Regional Planning Commission.