IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2001

The Greater Kansas City Regional Workforce Summit 2001

Washington, DC -- The Full Employment Council in cooperation with Mayor Kay Barnes, The U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the U.S. Department of Labor hosted the first Greater Kansas City Regional Workforce Summit. The Summit was held on August 9, 2001 from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Westin Crown Center, One Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108.

This Summit was the first Kansas City regional workforce development summit ever held and focused upon workforce development issues in the Greater Kansas City area.

A major highlight of this Summit was the first analysis of the Greater Kansas City region's workforce using the most recent data from the 2000 census. Representing the U.S. Conference of Mayors was Mayor Beverly O'Neill of the City of Long Beach, California, Chair of the Jobs, Education and Workforce Committee of The U.S. Conference of Mayors. Dr. Paul Harrington, of Northeastern University Labor Market Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, performed the analysis and unveiled the study.

The study was followed by a number of forums and presentations by representatives of the health care industry, organized labor, and the high technology industry identifying the workforce needs of the future.

The Summit was the last in a series of Summits that were held in Long Beach, California; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Boston, Massachusetts.

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