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Economic & Workforce Development Symposium

April 10 @ 8:30 am - 1:15 pm

Under the title “Future So Bright, Must Wear Shades,” the Arizona Association for Economic Development’s symposium program is a vital mix of speakers and opportunity to mingle for meaningful table talk with the other attendees.

Keynote speaker Joseph Bocanegra, vice president of customer success for ZipRecruiter — the No. 1 job search app on Android and iOS — will discuss non-traditional approaches to attracting talent. Trevor Stokes, workforce program manager for the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity, will share the latest statistics on the state’s labor force and how the data can be accessed.

The symposium will also feature a panel discussion on “The New Norm – Where the Workforce is Coming From.” The panelists will be Ian Rourke, vice president of workforce development for Pima Community College; Mark Paratore, economic development specialist for the City of Scottsdale; and Kim Owens, executive director for YearUp. They will share unique ways they are making a difference in our future workforce. Jessica Pierce, executive director, Arizona’s Career Connector, will serve as moderator.

Richard Wilkie, CEcD, AZED Pro, director of economic development for the City of Casa Grande, will provide a manufacturing update on Lucid Motors, an electric car company, and its plans to build a multi-million-dollar plant in Casa Grande that will employ a workforce of 2,000 by 2022. He will discuss how the community is collaborating in preparing the workforce for the high-tech positions.

Members: $75; non-members: $100; after 12p on April 5: $125



April 10
8:30 am - 1:15 pm


Phoenix Country Club
2901 N. 7th St., Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ United States


Arizona Association for Economic Development
(602) 240-2233