All across the state of Indiana, local Extension Offices will be convening community leaders to consider new strategies for helping local people and businesses struggling in the current economy. The program will be from 9:30 am - 12 noon EST on Wednesday, March 25th. Here is some additional information about the program.
We are in the midst of a recession that is among one of the deepest on record and thus far our cumulative payroll decline now stands at 3 million and many feel that may represent only the half-way mark of the total job loss. Indiana’s is being hit even harder than many other states with unemployment rates above the national average.
Both businesses and people are becoming economically disengaged as the economy shrinks and shifts. How can they get re-engaged? Whose job is it to help these businesses as they face difficult decisions? Whose job is it to work with unemployed Hoosiers as they figure out how they will earn a living? The answer is “all of us.” It will take all of us to get through this difficult time - educators, industry leaders, economic and workforce development officials, government, business-support groups, and other community stakeholders.
We need to consider new and creative ways our communities can assist businesses and individuals to re-engage with our changing economy. We need new ways to work together, to link and leverage our assets, and to create new economic opportunities in the midst of the storm.
This workshop will help community leaders develop new strategies and create civic networks to help troubled businesses develop new strategic directions and assist workers to navigate their choices of a new job in their field, get the skills they need for work in another career path, or set out on their own to pursue an entrepreneurial venture. This facilitated session will provide hands-on tools to develop these and other community-based approaches. More information about re-employment strategies is available at www.re-employment.net.
If you are an Extension Educator interesting in hosting this program, here is some additional information:
The session will be from 9:30 - 12 noon EST on Wednesday, March 25th. There will be a facilitator training done via Adobe Connect on March 9, 2009 from 2 - 4:00 EST. Please sign up to host here. You can download a customizable flyer here.
If you are interested in partnering with us on this program or if you want to know where in the state these sessions will be held, drop me an email.