Workforce Collaboration Summit

Using Data to Help Align Florida's Workforce Needs


University of Florida, Sept 26, 2019

Thanks for attending the Summit. It was a fantastic day of conversation, demos, networking, and... data! Over 70 attendees joined the conversation; these leaders and data analysts represented higher ed, economic development, workforce, and industry.

While it was important for us to provide a dedicated space and time for collaboration, we were insistent on promoting a spirit of ongoing cooperation. We wanted to end the day with attendees having actionable notes to take back to the office. We hope the following information will spur additional discussion on how to use and share data to encourage productive collaboration.

Key Action Items:

Hold an annual Florida Data Summit to help drive progress, strategies, policy and outcomes in education, workforce, development and industry.

  • We're pleased to announce that Emsi and the FL Consortium of Metro Research Universities are committed to hosting another state-wide Summit in 2020. The event will be held in Orlando or Miami.

Create a cross-sector data-use working group.

  • This group could initially create a data tool kit and develop an action plan.
  • This learning and sharing community would conduct webinars, face-to-face dialogues, etc.
  • Create an online sharing platform.
  • Regional groups could be created to give greater focus on cities.

Rob Kadel

Senior Research Fellow at Strada Institute for the Future of Work

Nilda Blanco

Director of Business Intelligence, CareerSource Central Florida

Josh Wright

EVP, Community Insights, Emsi

Adriane Grant

Vice President of External Affairs, CareerSource Florida

Tara Blythe

Vice President of Talent, Strategy, and Communications, Info Tech, Inc.

Nicole Washington

Principal, Washington Education Strategies

Erik Sander

Executive Director, Florida Engineering Experiment Station

Eric L. Godet

President/CEO, Greater Gainesville Chamber

Chris Laney

Workforce Education Director, CareerSource Suncoast

Ruth Ann Atchley

Associate Vice President for Community Engagement and Career Readiness, University of South Florida

Atticus Steinmetz

Economic Development Manager, Greater Gainesville Chamber

Michael Preston

Executive Director, Florida Consortium of Metro Research Universities

Aaron King

Program Development Manager, University of Florida

Tony Carvajal

Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber Foundation

Brian K. Marchman

Assistant Provost and Director of Distance Learning, University of Florida

Jerry D. Parrish

Chief Economist and Director of Research, Florida Chamber Foundation

Keith Richard

Director of Research and Analytics, Florida College System

Zach Reddick

Deputy Director of Research and Analytics, Florida College System

Contact Doug Heckman for more information