12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Registration

12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Grant Writing Training Session
(Fill in agenda of grant writing session here)

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner Buffet

5:15 p.m. Welcome Remarks/ Update on Rural Partners Network (RPN)
Ryan Thorn, USDA

5:30 p.m. Aligning Higher Education for the Workforce of Tomorrow: Strategies and Partnerships for Economic Growth
Moderator: Bill Bissett, State Director, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s Office

6:30 p.m. Depart

8:00 to 3:00 p.m. Registration

8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Networking
9:00 a.m. Welcome/The Day Ahead

  • Stephanie Tyree
  • Coalfield Representative
  • Brandon Dennison

Remarks: Dr. James Nemitz, President, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine

State Workforce Update
9:20 a.m. Scott Adkins, Workforce WV Commissioner Congressional Update

9:30 a.m.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito
Congressional Representatives

10:15 a.m. Legislative Lookahead: Anticipating Policy Priorities

Richie Heath, Bowles Rice LLP
Speaker Roger Hanshaw, WV House of Delegates
Minority Leader Doug Skaff, WV House of Delegates

11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1: Addiction, Recovery and Reentry
Moderator: Susan Mullens

Breakout Session 2: Health Sector Workforce

Breakout Session 3: Lifelong Learning and Continuous Development –
Generations and Demographics
Moderator: Michelle Taylor
Panelists: Alex Weld, Julia Spears
Breakout Session 4: Grant Writing Workshop

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Premier Sponsor: Andrew Dawson, Market President, United Bank
1:30 p.m. West Virginia’s Trailblazers: Celebrating Success Stories and Visionary Leaders
Power of Performance Awards
Small Communities, BIG Solutions Advocate 2023
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2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 5: Benefits Cliff
Moderator: Marilyn Wrenn
Panelists: Josiah Hannah
Breakout Session 6: Apprenticeships
Moderator: Dave Lavender

Breakout Session 7: Career Education
Breakout Session 8: Grant Implementation Workshop

3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
3:45 p.m. ACT Now Meeting