econ_summit_679Winona State University will host the 2015 Economic Summit, Future Growth Demands Response to Workforce Challenge, from 7:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Tau Center on WSU’s West Campus.

This year’s summit focuses on a pressing issue faced by most Winona companies — the tight labor market.

“The choice of this year’s topic on workforce development is particularly timely as we work together to meet the labor needs of our region,” said Hamid Akbari, dean of WSU’s College of Business.

WSU’s College of Business, Department of Economics and the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce rebooted the Economic Summit several years ago because they saw the need to assist local business growth and success by exploring creative ways to expand in the Winona area.

“The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Winona Area Public Schools, MN State College SE Technical, and Winona State University to strengthen local response to the growing workforce challenges facing our employers, particularly our manufacturing sector, which has been heavily impacted by the shortage of skilled workers,” said Della Schmidt, president of the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce.

Akbari also emphasized that the summit reflects continuing goals of WSU’s College of Business to serve the community and to provide students with positive educational and professional engagement with the businesses and communities of Winona and Rochester.

Speakers from a variety of industries will be present at the event, along with numerous local businesses.

Breakfast will be served.

Tickets are $35 for chamber members and $50 for non-chamber members.

Merchants Bank is the main sponsor of this event.

For more information email the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce at or call 507-452-2272.

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