2018 Rural Jobs Summit

Thursday, November 8 - Friday, November 9
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Thursday, November 8 - Friday, November 9

Lower Columbia College - 1600 Maple St., Longview WA 98632 - Student Union Building/Student Center

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Agenda (as of 11.06.18)

Thursday, November 8

10:00 a.m. Registration Opens

10:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks  
  Kris Johnson, President & CEO, Association of Washington Business  
11:00 a.m. Natural Resources  
  Lisa Perry, Community Relations, Sierra Pacific Industries, Moderator
  Alex McGregor, President, The McGregor Company
  Robert Sudar, Owner, Fall Creek Fish  
  George Harris, President/CEO Northwest Marine Trade Association
12:00 p.m. Break  
12:30 p.m. Lunch  
1:00 p.m. Lunch Keynote  
  Jeff Haney, MD, Director, Family Medicine, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
2:00 p.m. Broadband & Technology  
  Tonya Drake, Chancellor, WGU Washington, Moderator  
  Gordon Cook, Director, Field Network Engineering, Northwest, Verizon Wireless  
  John Flanagan, Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor  
  George Henry, Co-Chief Executive Director, Whidbey Telecom
  Jason McCracken, Manager, Customer Operations and Experience, T-Mobile ISP  
3:00 p.m. Break  
3:10 p.m. Access to Capital  
  Eric Johnson, Executive Director, Washington Public Ports Association, Moderator  
  Jeremy Field, Regional Administrator, Pacific Northwest Region, Small Business Administration  
  Andy Mesojednik, Vice President Commercial Banking, Bank of the Pacific
  Mark Scheffel, Senior Vice President, Advantage Capital  
4:10 p.m.
Early Learning & Childcare
  Ashley Helenberg, Director of External Affairs, Port of Longview, Moderator  
  Nicole Sohn, Executive Director, Journey Discovery Center  
5:10 p.m. Closing Remarks
5:15 p.m. Afternoon Adjourn  
5:30 p.m. Reception  

Friday, November 9

7:30 a.m.
Registration Opens

7:30 a.m. Breakfast  
7:55 a.m.
Welcome Remarks  
8:00 a.m.
State Agency Directors
  Michael Ennis, Director Government Affairs, Association of Washington Business, Moderator  
  Brian Bonlender, Agency Director, Department of Commerce  
  Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands, Department of Natural Resources
8:30 a.m.
Opportunity Zones
  Sarah Lee, Project Director, Washington State Department of Commerce
  Bruce Tabb, Mayor, City of Ellensburg  
  Dennis Weber, Cowlitz County Commissioner, Cowlitz County
9:20 a.m.
  Dru Garson, CEO, Greater Grays Harbor, inc., Moderator  
  Steve Maher, Coordinator, Our Valley Our Future  
  Joe Tovar, Project Lead, Road Map to Washington’s Future, William D. Ruckelshaus Center  
10:20 a.m.
 10:30 a.m.
  Nick Streuli, Legislative & Executive Operations Director, Washington State Employment Security Department, Moderator  
  Elizabeth Iaukea, Workforce Development Librarian, Washington State Library  
  Hahli Rogers, Vice President of Business Outreach and Continuing Education, Lower Columbia College
11:15 a.m.
11:45 a.m.
Federal Issues
  Jon DeVaney, President, Washington State Tree Fruit Association, Moderator
  Apollo Fuhriman, Regional Advocate, Pacific Northwest Region, Small Business Administration  
  Steven Sudol, Director of Operations, Ste Michelle Wine Estates  
  Jeff Webb, Director of International Business Development, Domex Superfesh Growers  
12:30 p.m.
Legislative Leadership Panel
  Gary Chandler, Vice President, Government Affairs, Association of Washington Business
  Sen. John Braun, Dist. 20
  Sen. Marko Liias, Dist. 21  
  Rep. JT Wilcox, Dist. 02  
1:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m.

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