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dol logoUNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration  _________________________________________


Winston Tompoe                                                           404-302-5372                                                                        

 Terri Lonowski                                                                     404-302-5377



 Atlanta Marriott Marquis                             265 Peachtree Center Avenue                    Atlanta, Georgia 30303                                    Toll-free: 800-266-9432

A block of rooms will be held under the name U.S. Department of Labor ETA Business Services Summit Meeting at the special group rate of $132 per night, plus a 16% sales tax. To reserve a room, please click on the following image to the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and follow the reservation instructions: 

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Please provide a major credit card when making your reservation to guarantee your room. Room and tax charges, along with all incidental charges, are the responsibility of each individual and must be paid upon departure.

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Button to AgendaThe Employment and Training Administration’s Atlanta Regional Office, in collaboration ith local and state workforce agencies, business, economic development and educational institutions is sponsoring a business services summit.  The summit theme, Taking Care of Business…Tools for Success, is intended to highlight some of the best employer engagement and service strategies in our system and to stimulate thinking at all levels about how best to engage and to meet the needs of the business community. Registration for the summit is FREE! 

While the workforce development system has always provided services to employers, current economic conditions have intensified the need to employ practical and effective solutions to meet the economic challenges, including solutions that enhance our services to the business community.  We believe that the information from the summit will be very important and beneficial for local workforce directors, business services liaisons, workforce board members, employers, educational agencies and other training providers.  

Please make sure to register for the summit as soon as possible as there is limited seating.  The deadline for registering your attendance at the summit is October 31, 2011.  Please note the cutoff date for reserving a room at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis is October 27, 2011.  If you have any questions about the summit, please call Winston Tompoe at 404.302.5372 or Terri Lonowski at 404.302.5377.

Examples of topics to be covered during the summit include: 

  • Understanding the structural changes in the economy and what the future holds for business engagement in the One-Stop System
  • Globalization and its impact on your talent development strategy 
  • Effective employer engagement in successful collaborations
  • Building frameworks for tomorrow's business challenges: How collaborating among industry, workforce, and education partners can address industry needs
  • Addressing skills aging and job qualification mismatch in the modern economy
  • Grab a bag!  - Amp up your chamber connections, how to integrate One-Stop and business services
  • Using subject matter experts to meet the needs of business
  • Know before you go: A business engagement tool
  • Fee- for- service approaches (3 workshops: for beginners, intermediate, and advanced)
  • Statewide business service offerings: What are the “core business services” and how are they delivered?
  • Virtual business engagement
  • Determining business needs and business requirements
  • Developing a regional approach to business engagement: How service providers and board efforts can be coordinated for optimum marketing and service delivery
  • Business services is a consultative sales process, not a social service
  • Our WIB doesn’t have integrated funds.  Why do I have to know about business engagement?