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Session Description:

As regions across the country grapple with what it will take to re-stabilize and rebuild their economies, the COVID-19 crisis continues to make clear that our health, jobs and livelihoods are inextricably linked. What will it take to rebuild?

We can learn a lot from the experience of the 80+ regional partnerships that make up the national Next Generation Sector Partnership community of practice operating in 18 states around the country. “Next Gen” partnerships mobilize business leaders from a single industry sector in a shared regional economy to work with one another and with a coordinated team of public partners to strengthen their industry and their community.

This session will feature three Next Gen Sector Partnerships, based in Chicago, El Paso and Northern Colorado. Each are examples of how activating local manufacturing business leaders to tackle shared challenges can have a dramatic impact on the overall resiliency of an industry and its community.

Speakers: 

  • Lindsey Woolsey, Co-Principal, Institute for Networked Communities/Next Gen Sector Partnerships
  • Northern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership — Sylvia Robinson, Communications & HR Program Manager, Tolmar and Board Chair, NoCO Manufacturing Partnership and Heidi Hostetter, Vice President, Faustson
  • Calumet Manufacturing Industry Sector Partnership — Nancy Wilson, CEO, Morrison Container Handling Solutions and Kindy Kruller, Economic Development Program Manager, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
  • El Paso Manufacturing Sector Partnership — Jackie Butler, U.S. Director, Bio El Paso-Juarez and Jose Gerardo, Founder and President of General Labels & Printing LLC
  • Elizabeth Sobel Blum, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Matuschka Lindo Briggs, Director of Special Projects and Strategic Support, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (moderator)