11th annual workforce summit highlighted economic prosperity, opportunities

The Greater KC Workforce and Education Summit was held Dec. 7, 2021.

The 11th Annual Greater KC Workforce and Education Summit was held on Dec. 7 and drew more than 150 participants to the virtual program.

The summit focused on advancing workforce, education and economic opportunities for our communities. Attendees heard presentations on economic prosperity and equitable postsecondary opportunities. They also heard an economic outlook for 2022.

View a recording of the summit.

The featured speakers included:

Stuart Andreason  
Assistant vice president and director
Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Stuart was joined by Steven Shepelwich, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City senior community development advisor.

Sam Bezjak, program specialist, and Tracy Westmoreland, data and policy analyst
Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development

Cheryl Harrison-Lee, ICMA-CM, AICP
Chair of the Kansas Board of Regents
Principal with Harrison-Lee Development Consulting

Frank Lenk
MARC’s director of Research Services

Summit attendees included representatives from colleges, universities and school districts; K-12 intermediaries; businesses; local governments; civic organizations and others interested in the connections between workforce, education and the regional economy; adult learners; college advisors; and workforce professionals.