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Business BUZZ economic forum tackles companies workforce concerns

By ThisIsReno

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Companies and higher education connect on employee recruitment strategies

The No. 1 most mentioned issue impacting businesses in the Greater Reno-Tahoe region is finding skilled workers, according to a survey of Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN) member companies.

Local companies will hear from experts from the region’s higher education system on the best ways to recruit college graduates, and how to navigate educational institutions when looking to hire for skilled positions, at the Business BUZZ economic forum, Thursday, August 11, 2011, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the new William N. Pennington Health Sciences Building at the University of Nevada, Reno Atrium and Lecture Hall #102.

The program, “Connecting Northern Nevada’s Companies to Its Largest Skilled Workforce Pool” will feature a panel of recruitment experts from the Career College of Northern Nevada, Morrison University, Truckee Meadows Community College, University of Nevada, Reno, University of Phoenix, Northern Nevada Campus; and Western Nevada College.  Lorna Shepard, president of Red Dog Consulting, will moderate a panel discussion.  Additionally, local companies will be on hand to share their success stories recruiting from the area’s universities and colleges, and discuss examples of internship and apprenticeship programs that have benefited their companies.

Tours of the William N. Pennington Health Sciences Building will be provided following the forum.  The new facility will contribute to improved quality of health care in Nevada and help address Nevada’s shortage of doctors and nurses. The facility opens to classes in fall 2011, where future doctors and nurses will train side-by-side.

The Business BUZZ is $15 for EDAWN and Northern Nevada Chamber of Commerce and Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce members, and $25 for non-members and includes a continental breakfast.  RSVP to Meghan Wagonseller at [email protected] or call 775.829.3768. For more information go to www.edawn.org.

The Business BUZZ is a key tool in the Reno-Tahoe Can Do Business Starts Here community outreach program and one of the ways the community can support economic diversification in the region.  Future forums will be scheduled throughout the year.  For more on the Reno-Tahoe Can Do Business Starts Here program and how to get involved, visit www.edawn.org/toolkit.

About EDAWN: EDAWN is a private, non-profit corporation founded by community leaders in 1982.  EDAWN works to recruit and expand quality companies that have a positive impact on the quality of life in Greater Reno-Tahoe.  Reno was named the No. 1 Place for Doing Business in America 2005 by Inc. magazine.  For more information, visit www.edawn.org.