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Workforce Development Panel at the 2018 Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity

Partnerships. Pathways. Performance.

That’s how Virginia is thinking about and planning for the future of workforce development initiatives across the state and in rural Virginia.

How that all comes together is what our esteemed guests on the Workforce Development Panel at the 2018 Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity discussed this year.

Among the speakers on the panel included the Honorable Dr. Megan Healy, Governor’s Chief Workforce Advisor; Dr. Sharon Johnson, CEO, Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.; Callan Dudley, HR Coordinator, Southern Landscape Group, Inc.; Dr. Craig Herndon, Vice Chancellor for Workforce Development, Virginia Community College System; and Marty Holliday, Executive Director, New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board. The panel was moderated by Ken Garrison, Executive Director, Heavy Construction Contractors Association.

To watch the recorded Facebook live video of the panel discussion, go here.


The annual Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity, hosted by the Virginia Rural Center, was held in 2018 from October 21-22 in Staunton, Virginia. The summit featured a keynote address by Governor Ralph Northam, panel discussions on rural economic development and workforce development, and remarks from multiple members of the Governor’s cabinet.

Attendees also learned about the latest in rural broadband innovations from the Governor’s Chief Broadband Advisor, Evan Feinman, and got an update on the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan from the Honorable Shannon Valentine, Virginia Secretary of Transportation.

Activities commenced with an evening welcome reception on Sunday, October 21 with an address from the Honorable Brian Ball, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade.

Economic development officials, elected officials, business and community leaders, local government officials, trade organizations and policymakers from across the Commonwealth were all in attendance.

Throughout the event, presenters discussed innovations in broadband connectivity, state economic development initiatives, regional asset development and entrepreneurship, and innovative workforce solutions.

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