Don’t Miss the 21st Century Talent Conference! – 10/5/2011

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News release from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership:

Don’t Miss the 21st Century Talent Conference!
Hosted by the Northeast Indiana Mayors

(September 12, 2011) – What is one of the most important factors that will impact the future of Northeast Indiana’s economy and the prosperity of its residents? The skill level and educational attainment of its workforce. As a result, the mayors of Northeast Indiana are hosting the 21st Century Talent Conference with the goal of strengthening our understanding of the skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow, sharing results of transformative programs occurring in our region today, and challenging us as a region to maximize our collaboration and set bold goals to shape our future.

21st Century Talent Conference
Wednesday, October 5

Landmark Conference Center
6222 Ellison Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

This free event includes brunch and materials. The conference is open to the public and highly recommended for K – 12 administrators, K – 12 technology directors, school board members, business and industry leaders, HR directors, higher education leaders, public officials, and regional stakeholders.

Featured speakers include Ian Jukes and Dewayne Matthews.

Ian Jukes was the creator and co-developer of TechWorks, the internationally successful K-8 technology framework and was the catalyst of the NetSavvy and InfoSavvy information literacy series. His most recent book was Teaching the Digital Generation, co-authored with Ted McCain and Frank Kelly. Ian Jukes is currently working on 3 books – a 2nd edition of Windows on the Future, a book on Understanding Digital Kids and a series on Digital Fluency for 21st Century Learners.

Dewayne Matthews is Vice President for Policy and Strategy of the Lumina Foundation for Education. Matthews has served in a variety of higher education leadership roles, including Senior Adviser to the President and Vice President of the Education Commission of the States (ECS), Director of Programs and Services for the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), and Executive Director of the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education. He has been a legislative staff member, faculty member and university trustee, and has worked with higher education institutions in Mexico, Canada, and Japan.

The 21st Century Talent Conference is sponsored by Partners of the Vision 2020 Initiative: the City of Fort Wayne, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the Northeast Indiana Workforce Investment Board, the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, and the Talent Initiative.

“The need for talent in Northeast Indiana is a central theme that ultimately affects all aspects of our diversified economic development strategy,” said Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry. “We can no longer deny that the economic future of Northeast Indiana hinges on talent.”

To register for the event, please call the event organizer, Linda Michael at (260) 459-1080 or register online.


About the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership:
Created in 2006, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s mission is to help build a globally competitive economy in Northeast Indiana through business development, capacity building and job growth. In 2010, Vision 2020 was formed under the umbrella of the Partnership to build the capacity of the region in five key areas: 21st Century Talent, Competitive Business Climate, Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Quality of Life. By combining business development efforts with capacity building, NEIRP has the tools needed to leverage the region’s current attributes and build future strength.

Northeast Indiana Workforce Investment Board
The NE IN Workforce Investment Board supports the economic vitality of the region by building the 21st Century workforce talent that local businesses and individuals need to compete and thrive in the global economy. The workforce board establishes policy and provides direction and oversight to the public workforce system and the WorkOne Career Centers.


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