CAN Forums and Retreats
Expanding Opportunity: A Central Texas Regional Summit on Bridging the Economic Divide
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dell Diamond United Heritage Center, 3400 E Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock, Texas
Keynote speaker: Catherine Morse, Samsung General Counsel and Senior Director of Public Affairs
Featuring an introduction by Round Rock Mayor Allan McGraw and two panels of local experts on transportation and workforce development.
How can transportation and workforce development help bridge the economic divide?
Expanding Opportunity, a Central Texas Regional Summit, brings together leaders from across the five county Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos Metropolitan area to explore how we can do a better job getting people to jobs and preparing people who live in our region for the jobs of the future.
What can be done to improve access to jobs and to create a better balance between where people live and where they work?
There is a current imbalance regionally in where people live and where they work. A majority of jobs in the region are concentrated in a few job centers and some of the fastest growing residential areas have little access to training or jobs.
What are we doing to prepare people who live here for the region’s good-paying jobs?
There is also an imbalance between the skills people have and the skills employers need. With an unemployment rate of less than 4%, employers have challenges finding workers and are often forced to recruit from outside the area to fill the best-paying jobs.
How we respond to these questions today will shape our community tomorrow!
An estimated two to two-and-a-half million additional people will be living in our five county region over the next 20 years. How we answer these questions today will have a big impact on what our region looks like in the future.
Goals for the summit
- Create a clearer sense of shared challenges and opportunities
- Increase awareness of the connections between seemingly disparate efforts
- Highlight collaborations already happening
- Foster new connections, ideas and actions to create an economically inclusive future for all people
2015 Expanding Opportunity Regional Summit
2015 Building a Person-Centered Community Summit
Building a Person-Centered Community: A Participatory Summit" was hosted by the CAN Community Council on October 21, 2015 at the AISD Performing Arts Center. Service providing organizations, funding organizations and people who are served by these organizations came together to consider what action we can take individually and corporately to create a more person-centered community.
2014 CAN Retreat
- Building on what was learned in four Safety Net Forums and Seven CAN Community Council Forums, CAN identified these seven "person-centered themes" that can help our community improve the way we provide servies.
- Video Highlights from CAN Safety Net Forums
- CAN Retreat 2014 Findings
- CAN Retreat Evaluations
- 2014 Voices from the Street Community Engagement Summit Recap and Evaluation
CAN 2013 Policy Forum
- Overview of the 2013 Policy Forum
- "The Suburbanization of Poverty," Elizabeth Kneebone, Brookings Institute
- "The Income Divide and its Impact on Our Economic Future," Jon Hockenyos, TXP, Inc.