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Building a Resilient Workforce

When & Where

June 19, 2020
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Virtual Event

One year after the highly publicized closure of the Lordstown General Motors plant, the Mahoning Valley experienced another sizeable shock—the region was among the hardest hit areas across the nation at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As Ohio reopens its economy and communities begin to rebuild amid the economic fallout, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland will be hosting a live video conference focused on building a resilient workforce during (and after) the COVID-19 era. The discussion will focus on the Youngstown-area workforce—and on ways regions and cities across the country can help their workforces better withstand and recover from shocks.

The event will feature a conversation between Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President and CEO Loretta J. Mester, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Jerome Powell, and Youngstown-area community leaders, business owners, and local stakeholders:

  • Sarah Boyarko, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Economic Development, Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber
  • Jessica Borza, Executive Director, Mahoning Valley Manufacturing Coalition
  • Jamael Tito Brown, Mayor, City of Youngstown
  • Nick Chretien, Program Manager, Economic Action Group
  • Jim Tressel, President, Youngstown State University
  • Carmella Williams, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Youngstown Business Incubator; Owner and Kitchen Chemist, CarmellaMarie Inc.

Event Agenda:

  • Welcome and opening remarks, President Mester
  • Introductory comments, Chair Powell
  • Panel Discussion, All panelists
  • Closing Comments, President Mester and Chair Powell