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
“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.