Posts Tagged ‘Workforce’

Transforming RTP

Posted on: July 25th, 2014 by admin

As an economic engine for our region since its founding in 1959, Research Triangle Park has attracted scores of research firms and scientists while also serving as a hub for collaboration between universities. But as the mobility and preferences of employees and employers has changed, the foundation which governs the park is embarking on a makeover at RTP to retain and recruit innovative companies and key talent. On this program. Robert Ingram, General Partner at Hatteras Venture Partners and Chairman of the Board for the Research Triangle Foundation, discusses the work of renovating RTP for today’s knowledge economy, as well as the public-private partnerships needed to complete the park’s transformation. Hal Johnson of NAI Earle Furman and Dr. Matt Martin of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond join the discussion.


Integrated Health Care

Posted on: February 7th, 2014 by admin

Amid the recent policy debate over the nation’s minimum wage, Agapé Senior Founder and CEO Scott Middleton believes he has found the key to retaining employees while improving compensation for his health care professionals. On this program, Middleton discusses his company’s apprenticeship program, the changes in his business under the Affordable Care Act and his concern about the financial resources of Baby Boomers who are entering assisted living facilities. Dr. Scott Baier of Clemson University and Melinda Lawrence of the N.C. Justice Center join the conversation.



Nurse-Family Partnership: Part One

Posted on: January 10th, 2014 by admin

By helping  first-time mothers through their pregnancy, and then providing guidance for raising the child through their first two years of life, a program called Nurse-Family Partnership has proven that an engaged mentor can have a significant impact on the later lives of both the child and the mother. In this discussion, we talk with five experts from across the Carolinas who measure the economic benefits and cost avoidance to the social services and healthcare systems by placing more emphasis on maternal and early childhood health. Robin Britt of Guilford Child Development, Ursula Douglas of Care Ring, Rhett Mabry of The Duke Endowment, Dr. Amy Picklesimer of the South Carolina Birth Outcomes Initiative and Joe Waters of the Institute for Child Success join the conversation.

Colleges and The Skills Gap

Posted on: October 11th, 2013 by admin

Even as the Carolinas cope with a higher unemployment rate than the national average, many of the region’s largest employers say they cannot find enough qualified workers to fill open positions. Technical and community colleges are working with industry to solve the skills gap, but business leaders and educators are also fighting a perception issue. On this program, we discuss the challenges behind getting employees retrained and back on the job. Joining the conversation are Dr. Tim Brewer of Mitchell Community College, Lew Ebert of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Dr.Keith Miller of Greenville Technical College and Otis Rawl of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.


Workforce Development

Posted on: August 31st, 2012 by admin

With the November vote looming, economic developers remain cautiously optimistic about the region’s economic recovery amid the uncertainty of the elections. Many companies are growing and unemployment rates are falling. Still, it is clear the job of matching the Carolinas workforce with the needs of employers is far from complete. On this program, we look at the current state of the economy and our workforce. Participating in the conversation are Natalie English of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Susan Peters of Francis Marion University, Loren Kennedy of Kennedy Advisors, and Russell Stall of Greenville Forward.

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