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Workforce Solutions East Texas Announces Second Year of Workforce Strategy Public Forums for Local Leaders in Rural Counties

Rural, Set, Go: Boost! Forums to be Held March 22 – May 31
East Texas, March 21, 2022: Workforce Solutions East Texas (WSET), in partnership with the East Texas Council of Governments, and local elected officials, is proud to announce the second annual rural economic development forum series titled Rural, Set, Go: Boost! The forums will take place weekly, March through May, in East Texas rural counties. Events are open to local community and business leaders, employers, school districts, secondary schools, economic development corporations, and chambers.
Rural, Set, Go: Boost! is an intentional strategy to engage community leaders, business leaders, and community members in candid conversations about the factors that influence their local workforce and economic development needs. At the Texas Workforce Commission Conference held in November, WSET was awarded a $200,000 grant for future excellence in innovation to expand the event series. WSET will utilize input from the 2021 event series in the upcoming forums to connect participants with program information, including work-based learning, entrepreneurial training, and child care services, to improve the economic impact and develop incumbent workers in the community.
“The Rural, Set, Go initiative is a collaborative effort that will help identify workforce issues by individual counties in the East Texas region. We at Workforce Solutions East Texas are ‘rolling up our sleeves’ to address the issues and deliver solutions,” said Workforce Solutions East Texas Board Chairman Claude Figueroa.
“Workforce Solutions East Texas has been a secret far too long. We want and need all of our employers and educational institutions to know all of the available resources we have to offer. And then, they need to take advantage of them. Together, we can help each community within East Texas to ‘grow their own workforce,’” said WSET Centers Director Angelia Snow.
The following dates have been confirmed for Rural, Set, Go: Boost! community forums:
  • March 22 in Palestine, Texas, at Trinity Valley Community College, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • March 29 in Gilmer, Texas, at the Open Range Restaurant, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • April 5 in Canton, Texas, at the Silver Spur, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Dates for all eleven forums are available online at Event details will be added as they are confirmed.
“One of the greatest resources East Texas employers offer employees is the chance to work in the towns and countryside of the Piney Woods, close enough to markets to conduct business, far enough to not spend hours commuting. Come tell us how to help you draw, support, and refine your talent base, taking your business to the next level,” said Doug Shryock, WSET Executive Director.
About Workforce Solutions East Texas
It is the mission of the Workforce Solutions East Texas Board to improve the quality of life in this area through economic development by providing a first-class workforce for present and future businesses. The Board works in partnership with chief elected officials of the region and is the primary source of local workforce policy. The Workforce Solutions East Texas Board is one of 28 local Workforce Solutions Boards located throughout the state. The board serves Henderson, Van Zandt, Rains, Wood, Upshur, Camp, Marion, Harrison, Panola, Gregg, Rusk, Cherokee, Anderson, and Smith counties. The East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) serves as the administrating agency of the Workforce Solutions East Texas Board.
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