Langevin Gathers State Leaders for Economic Summit

Apr 12, 2010

WARWICK, RI - Congressman Jim Langevin will today host RISE – Rhode Island Summit on the Economy - at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus. RISE will bring together a diverse group of leaders from across the state to brainstorm about the best paths to economic recovery. The conference is modeled after the Jobs and Economic Growth Forum held in December 2009 at the White House.

“RISE will be a platform for business, government, labor, health care and finance leaders to have a dialogue with each other about our state’s economic realities and what opportunities can be seized to improve Rhode Island’s future,” said Langevin. “Our first job is to create jobs. We need to get creative about workforce development and this creativity starts with dynamic conversation.”

After a brief opening session, the invited participants will break into four discussion groups:
- Attracting job creators to our state, moderated by John Fernandez, US Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development

- Creating the 21st century economy, moderated by John Maeda, RISD president

- Strengthening small business and creating good jobs, moderated by Gerri Fiala,  Deputy Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor

- Educating our children and narrowing the skills gap, moderated by Dr. Johan Uvin, Senior Advisor at the Office of Vocational and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education