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LWVCTEF 2011 Fall Conference...
IN BUSINESS: Workforce Development for Connecticut's Economic
Connecticut School of Social Work (above)
2011, 9am to 12noon
LWVCT President Cheryl Dunson sets the
Dean Raheim of UCONN School of Social Work
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
speaker absolutely spectacular!
Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Catherine
Smith. Dynamic presentation!
Power point used as it should be!!!
Christopher Bruhl, President,
Business Council of Fairfield County -
always informative and an excellent presenter, better than we've ever
Carbone, 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
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
"If you get rejected and rejected over and over, after a while you
believe you're done," Carbone said.
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 anything else."
Martin Looney, CT State Senator, Majority Leader and Co-Chair of
Jobs Growth Roundtable - terrific presentation, details re: New Haven
CT Senate district!
Michael Meotti, Executive
VP for the Board of Regents for Higher
Education - he's been around in various roles - beginning with the
Transportation Strategy Board
Maxwell, former President, LWVUS - great
job setting the tone as well as keeping things on track,
integrating written questions from the floor.
good move for those LWV's
with a full plate of debates!
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
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,
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
This year’s conference is being co-sponsored by Cablevision and the
University of Connecticut School of Social Work. We are proud to
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.
DECEMBER 3, 2011 (SATURDAY)
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
Also, last week, interim and new appointments for heads of the Vo-Tech
Colleges and the Board of Regents were announced by the Governor's
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.