Central Texas Regional Summit

Expanding Opportunity Regional Summit

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 of improving access to economic opportunity for individuals and families in the region.

How we respond to these questions today will shape our community tomorrow!

There exists an imbalance between the skills people have and the skills employers need. With an un-employment rate of less than 3%, employers have challenges finding workers and are often forced to recruit from outside the area to fill the best-paying jobs.

Summit Goals

  • Create a clearer sense of shared challenges and opportunities
  • Increase awareness of the interconnectedness of seemingly disparate efforts.
  • Highlight collaborations already happening; and
  • Foster new connections, ideas and actions to create an economically inclusive future for all people.

2019 Regional Summit on Workforce Development Materials:

Agenda

Presenter Bios

Summary 

Expanding Workforce Opportunities in Central Texas

There exists an imbalance between the skills people have and the skills employers need. With an un-employment 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.

Thanks to everyone who attended the October 25th Expanding Opportunity Summit. Participants joined in a conversation with representatives of the private sector, educational institutions, area workforce boards and community leaders to gain a better collective understanding of our region’s workforce needs and identify steps that we can take to ensure:

  • workers have the skills they need to succeed; and
  • employers are able to connect with local talent in filling available job opportunities.

Outline of the Summit Agenda

Setting the Stage

Workforce Solutions for the Capital Area and Workforce Solutions for the Rural Capital Area shared the results of recent industry assessments to highlight high need and high demand careers fields in the 5-county region.

Private Sector Perspective

CFAN, a Hays County based company, is a manufacturer of composite fan blades for Boeing airplanes and a leader in advanced composite technology. Half of their engineering personnel graduated from Texas State University. They have strong connections to the local school district and Texas State University to help them meet their workforce needs.

School-Based Career Programs

We will learn about the Career and Technical Education course offerings for Del Valle ISD, Leander ISD and San Marcos ISD. Career and technical education programs offer a sequence of courses that provides students with coherent and rigorous content. CTE content is aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions.

We will also hear about the P-TECH an education initiative created by IBM to prepare young people with the academic, technical and professional skills required for 21st Century Jobs and ongoing education. P-TECH represents the best of what public-private partnerships can look like, with students taking high school and college coursework simultaneously and engaging in industry-guided workforce development.

The first summit was held in Bastrop, Texas in November 2015. The next summit will take place in October 25, 2019 in San Marcos, Texas.

2018 Expanding Opportunity Regional Summit

The 2018 Expanding Opportunity – Central Texas Regional Summit, brought together about 120 leaders from across the five county Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos Metropolitan area to explore how we can do a better job addressing affordable workforce housing. The November 8, 2018 summit at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos included expert panels on housing and featured a keynote address by Lourdes Castro-Ramirez, President of University Health System Foundation and Chair of San Antonio Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force.

Download the following event materials:

Program: November 8, 2018 Regional Summit Program – including speaker bios

Presentations from November, 8 2018 Summit:

Demographic Profile of Central Texas by Chris Schreck, CAPCOG

Preserving Middle-Income Housing by David Steinwedell, Affordable Central Texas

Making Housing a Key Priority in San Antonio by Lourdes Castro-Ramirez, President of University Health System Foundation and Chair of San Antonio Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force

Expanding Housing Opportunity in Central Texas by  Sean Garretson, Pegasus Planning

2016 Expanding Opportunity Regional Summit

The 2016 Expanding Opportunity – Central Texas Regional Summit, brought together about 170 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. The November 2, 2016 summit at the Dell diamond in Round Rock included expert panels on transportation and workforce development and featured a keynote address by Catherine Morse, General Counsel and Senior Director of Public Affairs for Samsung Austin Semiconductor.

Download the following event materials:

Program: November 6, 2016 Regional Summit Program-including speaker bios

Presentation on Regional Growth, Employment Trends and Jobs/Housing Balance, Capital Area Council of Governments

Event evaluation results

2015 Expanding Opportunity Regional Summit

Download the following event materials:

View pictures from the Regional Summit

2015 Expanding Opportunity Regional Summit Overview

State of the Region Presentation by Chris Schreck, Economic Development Manager, Capital Area Council of Governments

Organizations

Designate a representative to serve on the Regional Summit Planning Team to help develop the theme, program and agenda for the 2018 summit program as well as assist with community engagement.

Organizations from each of the 5-Counties that are the focus of the summit will be instrumental in helping to engage policymakers, educators, service providers, planning entities and community, faith and business leaders.

Individuals

Serve on the Regional Summit Planning Team to help develop the theme, program and agenda for the 2018 summit program as well as assist with community engagement.

Sponsorship

We encourage businesses, service providers and other stakeholders in the host community and region to serve as financial sponsors for the regional summit. There is no fee for attending the event so sponsorships are essential if CAN is to cover the costs associated with facility use, communications/marketing and the lunch that is provided.

Contact Raul Alvarez if you would like to get involved or sign-up as a sponsor: ralvarez@canatx.org; or 512-414-0323.

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