On September 15, 2016 IEDC held this webinar titled Building Economic Independence: Soft Skill Development. As a region’s economic landscape shifts, workers change industries and new workers enter the workforce. Though the demand for workers with specific skills transforms, one thing that remains consistent is the demand for soft skills. Dislocated workers, individuals with disabilities, former inmates, adults who haven’t held a job before and many others may need to develop soft skills to meet the expectations of today’s employers. As economic developers, ensuring the workforce is adequate in supply and quality is important to meeting employers’ needs and maintaining the tax base.
Leslie Parks Principal Leslie Parks Consulting Leslie Parks has led a diverse range of economic development, redevelopment and workforce development programs throughout her career in Silicon Valley. Recently she served as Interim Director of Workforce and Economic Development for the County of San Mateo. Her responsibilities included management of a Department of Labor grant for a skills and job readiness training program for English language learners. Previously, she consulted on projects for rural and urban communities that included location competitiveness and economic development and workforce development strategies. Leslie also served as Director of Economic and Workforce Development for the City of San Jose from 1995 to 2001 where she developed and implemented the City’s federal workforce development program
David Hollars Executive Director Centralina Workforce Development Board David Hollars is the Executive Director of the Centralina Workforce Development Board (WDB). In his role, he provides the expertise and resources to support the work of the Board partnering with economic development, education, and businesses creating innovative strategies to serve job seekers and employers and investing in the future of the community. He works closely with Board’s management team and policy makers throughout the region to help shape future workforce development plans and also to help maximize their contributions to the region. David has served as Executive Director of the Centralina WDB since 1990 and has 35 years of workforce development experience. David has served as President of the NC Workforce Development Board Directors Council. He currently serves on the NCWorks Training Center board. David is actively involved with the Competitive Workforce Alliance, a coalition of 6 workforce boards and the Charlotte Regional Partnership, driving solutions to workforce and business issues in the region.
This webinar was accomplished through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration Atlanta Regional Office, Project No. 04-79-07103. The statements, findings, conclusions, recommendations, and other data in this report are solely those of IEDC and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). This webinar is part of a larger compendium of research and training produced by IEDC and funded by the aforementioned EDA grant, which focuses on providing resources to build capacity to maintain long-term recovery from coal industry decline.