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The LWVCTEF 2011 Fall
BACK IN BUSINESS: Workforce Development for
Connecticut's Economic Future
of Connecticut School of Social Work (above)
3, 2011, 9am to 12noon
LWVCT President Cheryl
Dunson sets the scene...
Dean Raheim of UCONN
School of Social Work welcomes attendees...Co-Sponsored by the
UCONN West Hartford campus School of Social Work
This is not the first Fall Conference on a
related subject - link
here to Fairfield League's report from 1999
Commissioner of Economic and Community Development
Catherine Smith. Dynamic
presentation! Power point used as it should
Bruhl, President, Business Council of
Fairfield County - always informative and an excellent
presenter, better than we've ever heard him!
President and CEO of The WorkPlace - more encouraged
than we've seen in years!
60 Minutes investigates Bridgeport program
Rob Varnon, CT POST
Updated 11:16 p.m., Friday, February 17, 2012
A county-wide program offering workers at no cost to
businesses drew the cameras and producers of "60
Minutes" to Connecticut for six months.
This Sunday, the news show will air what it found
out about Platform to Employment, a program created
by Bridgeport-based The WorkPlace Inc., the region's
nonprofit job board. The CBS show airs at 7 p.m. and
a preview of the segment, called "Trapped in
Unemployment," can be seen on the "60 Minutes"
website. An email seeking comment from "60
Minutes" was not immediately returned Friday.
If you think it's an expose piece that will show Joe
Carbone, president and chief executive of The
WorkPlace, sweating and stumbling to answer
questions, you'll be disappointed, he said Friday.
"This is about hope," Carbone said, explaining that
what he hopes comes across in the reporting by Scott
Pelley, a Darien resident, is the need to not throw
away millions of American workers who have been
unemployed for more than two years and have
exhausted all of their government benefits.
They're called 99ers because they've exhausted 99
weeks of government aid and still haven't found
jobs. And these long-term unemployed have been
consigned to a subclass of the work force that some
say are virtually unemployable. There were even some
companies who took out ads advising the unemployed
need not apply. Carbone and the WorkPlace
staff created P2E, and launched it in the summer of
2011. As part of the program, Carbone raised more
than $560,000 from private sources within the
community to cover wages for the eight weeks of the
program, including time on the job. He said it would
be difficult to do this kind of capital raising
anywhere else in the country. The program also
provides training and counseling to try to restore
confidence in the participants.
"If you get rejected and rejected over and over,
after a while you believe you're done," Carbone
Shortly after launch, Carbone said he was telling
his board of directors that he would be happy with
even a tiny blurb in the New York Times when he
learned "60 Minutes" was looking into the
program. He said Pelley, who has been
reporting on the impact on people and communities
from the economic downturn, spent six months with
Carbone and the first class that's going through the
program. Of the first 100 participants,
Carbone said 56 are working and only half the
companies that hired them used the subsidy.
What Carbone hopes people take away from the report
is this is more than just a jobs issue. This is
about people and our obligation to each other as
members of a community.
He said the people in the program come from
Bridgeport, Greenwich and all over the region. They
had jobs on Wall Street and in retail and now
"they're all equal." Why this matters, he
said, is because in total, as many as four million
people will become 99ers.
"We'll have to decide whether to let four or five
million Americans walk the plank and fall off," he
said. "This is much more of a moral question than
Hon. Martin Looney,
CT State Senator, Majority Leader and Co-Chair of Jobs
Growth Roundtable - terrific presentation, details re:
New Haven CT Senate district!
Executive VP for the Board of Regents for Higher
Education - he's been around in various roles -
beginning with the Transportation Strategy Board
former President, LWVUS - great job setting the
tone as well as keeping things on track,
integrating written questions from the floor.
A good move for those LWV's with
a full plate of debates!
A NOTE FROM LWVCT PRESIDENT :
Fall Conference December 3: “Back in Business”
“Back in Business: Workforce Development for
Connecticut’s Economic Future” will be the topic of the
LWVCT’s 2011 Fall Conference, to be held on Saturday,
December 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the
University of Connecticut School of Social Work (Zachs
Community Room), West Hartford.
Economic development, job creation and workforce
development are the intertwined critical issues facing
our state now and into the foreseeable future. If
you want to know what our officials are thinking, our
businesses are thinking, our nonprofits and our
educators are thinking, don’t miss the conference.
Catherine Smith, Commissioner of Economic and Community
Development, is the keynote speaker. Reacting to
her remarks will be a panel of leaders from key
sectors. They are Michael Meotti, Executive VP for
the Board of Regents for Higher Education; Chris Bruhl,
Business Council of Fairfield County; Senator Martin
Looney, Majority Leader and co-chair of the Business
Roundtable; and Joseph Carbone, Executive Director
of The Work Place in the Bridgeport area.
Kay Maxwell, LWV Greenwich, will moderate. As one media
person commented “You’ve got a Tier 1 panel there!”
This year’s conference is being co-sponsored by
Cablevision and the University of Connecticut School of
Social Work. We are proud to be partnering with
them as we learn more how about government, business,
nonprofits, academia and citizens can collaborate to
improve the economy. More details and registration
form to follow.
Fall Conference rescheduled to 12/3:
The fall conference originally scheduled for Sat 10/29 has been
moved to Sat 12/3. We certainly picked a hot topic this year by
deciding to focus on Economic and Workforce Development!
Economic development is the focus of large summit in
Hartford in September and will be the focus of a special
legislative session in Oct/Nov.
Also, last week, interim and new appointments for heads of the
Vo-Tech Colleges and the Board of Regents were announced by the
With so much happening in the near term, the Conference Planning
Committee decided that holding the conference in December would be
better timing for updates and perspectives from state agencies,
business and nonprofits.
Keep a lookout for more details in the future.