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October 24, 2013
9:30 am-3 pm

College of Saint Benedict
Gorecki Center, Room 204
37 South College Avenue
St. Joseph, MN 56374

Contact: Nan Larson, Rural Innovation Network  and Convening Director, at, or 507.537.6020

Tentative Agenda

9:30 a.m. Light snack and beverages available, networking
10:00 a.m. Welcomes and Overview
10:20 a.m. Department of Employment and Economic Development Welcome and Address Connie Ireland
Director of Office of Innovation and Strategic Alliances, DEED
10:35 a.m. MN State Colleges and Universities Welcome and Address Bruce Peterson
Executive Dean for Academic Initiatives at St. Cloud Technical and Community College and Executive Director of the MN Energy Center
10:50 a.m. Education and Workforce Trends, Challenges and Innovative Programs Panel Facilitator: Connie Ireland, DEEDPanelists:

  • Becky Thofson
    SE MN Sector Projects Coordinator with Workforce Development Inc.
  • Pat Thomas
    Manager of Adult Basic Education (ABE) in SW MN
  • Nola Speiser
    State Program Administrator for the MN FastTRAC Adult Career Pathways Initiative, DEED Industry Representative
  • Lowell Rasmussen
    Vice Chancellor, University of Minnesota-Morris
12:10 p.m. Networking Lunch
1:00 p.m. University of Minnesota’s Past Director of the Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) Richard Hemmingsen
1:20 p.m. Rural Economics and Workforce Data Presentation Cameron Macht
Labor Analyst Southwest and Central MN DEED
2:05 p.m. Focus on Action (Small Groups)
2:45 p.m. Wrap up and adjourn

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