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Grand River Conference Center

500 Bell Street

Dubuque, IA 52001

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Please join the East Central Intergovernmental Association, the City of Dubuque, the Economic Development Administration and Iowaworks for a Regional Workforce Summit! This event is FREE; however, registration is required to attend.

This event will be targeted for business representatives, ceo's, human resource departments, managers, economic developers, community leaders, educators, elected officials, local governments, etc.

The event will feature a lunch keynote speaker, Paul Trombino III, President of McClure Engineering and focus on three main topics:


  1. Workplace Retention/Workplace Culture

  2. Best Practices for training and education programs

  3. Workforce Housing and projects related to workforce housing


There will also be a break out discussion as well as a funding discussion with federal, state and local funders to discuss funding availability for future projects.


The preliminary agenda is below:


9:00 - 9:30 Registration

Moderator: Maurice Jones, Economic Development Director, City of Dubuque

9:30 - 10:00 Welcome/Introductions/Overview

Speakers: Roy Buol, Mayor, City of Dubuque

Justin Fazzari, Economic Development Integrator, Economic Development Administration

Steve Castaner, Region Representative, Economic Development Administration

10:00 - 10:45 Business Retention & Workplace Culture Panel Best Practices

Speakers: Claira Kapraun, Corporate Citizenship and University Relations Administrator, Sedgwick, Dubuque, IA

David Klavitter, Marketing Director DUPACO Community Credit Union, Dubuque, IA

Martina Bockenstedt, General Manager, FarmTek, Dyersville, IA

10:45 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 11:45 Training and Education Programs Best Practices

Speakers: Dr. Wendy Mihm-Herold, Vice President Business & Community Solutions

Northeast Iowa Community College

Dennis J. Shields, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin, Platteville

Tom Meyer, Superintendent, Bellevue High School

Kelly Cooper, Executive Director, Dubuque Area Labor Management

11:45 - 12:15 Lunch Buffet/Break

Moderator: Kelley Deutmeyer, Executive Director, East Central Intergovernmental Association

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch Keynote

Speaker: Paul Trombino III, President, McClure Engineering Company

1:15 - 2:00 Workforce Housing Best Practices and Projects

Speakers: Jim Thompson, Business Specialist, Iowa Economic Development Authority

Bill Menner, Executive Director, Iowa Rural Development Council

Derek Folden, Underwriter, Iowa Finance Authority

2:00 - 2:15 Break

2:15 - 3:00 Group Discussion Break Out & Self Identify Projects and Report Out

3:00 – 4:00 Funding and Next Steps Panel

Speakers: Economic Development Administration (EDA)

Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

Department of Labor (DOL) (invited)

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) (invited)
Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)(invited)

Foundation of Greater Dubuque (Local)


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