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The Regional Leadership Conference (RLC) is the Chamber’s premier event for our top business, government, and community leaders.
This year’s conference – taking place October 18-20 at the Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum – will continue our efforts to strengthen the Seattle region’s global competitiveness and explore the progress made over the past four years. This year we will focus on our ongoing talent shortage and how we can come together as a community to address this challenge.
With our region continuing to experience dramatic job growth—740,000 job openings in Washington state in the next five years—across a broad spectrum of industries, we need to ensure we’re growing the local talent needed to fill these jobs in our region today and into the future.
Too often, regional employers report they’re having a difficult time finding qualified local workers to fill these open positions. We have a unique opportunity to step up and address this “talent gap” and create a system in which we can fill job openings with people who already live in our region and are seeking good paying jobs.
There are a variety of ways to address this talent issue, including job skills training, changes to our K-12 education, apprenticeships, and more, and we look forward to tackling this important issue at this year’s conference.
Our goals for the conference are to:
- Update attendees on progress on region’s global competitiveness.
- Highlight local and national examples of successful approaches to closing the talent gap.
- Engage business, government, and community leaders in discussions about how to make our regional workforce and education systems more aligned with the private sector and effective at training local talent for local job openings.
- Have FUN and build connections!
From Washington Roundtable's Pathways to Great Jobs report:
Conference related materials:
“The solution to the Seattle area's worker shortage is right in front of us”—Puget Sound Business Journal (related topic)
“As Starbucks chief of HR, Lucy Helm must address global work force’s many pressures”—The Seattle Times (featured speaker)