Sending Office: Walz, Timothy J.
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Dear Colleague,

Across the nation, our districts are seeing the same trend: there is a high demand for workers to fill jobs in the middle of the labor market, especially those that require more than high-school, but less than a four-year degree

. Nothing has been truer for workers and employers in rural America, where roughly half (51-percent) of American workers hold middle-skill jobs[2].  A trained and skilled workforce
is a valuable community asset that has the potential to pull our rural areas out of crisis by making them more competitive for economic growth and development.

As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Rural Caucus, we invite you to hear from a panel of experts about the unique challenges facing workers and employers in rural America.  Topics covered will include: short- and long-term solutions to workforce shortages in
rural areas; sector partnerships and collaboration across industry, education, and community leadership; apprenticeships and work-based learning; the role of labor market data; and holistic approaches to workforce recruitment (i.e. housing, child care, and
transportation). Join us to learn more about what cross-collaborative solutions can help tackle the skills gap in your district and what you can do to expand economic opportunity for your constituents.


  • Ethan Pollack, Associate Director of Research and Public Policy, The Future of Work Initiative at The Aspen Institute (moderator)

  • Ron Painter, CEO, National Association of Workforce Boards

  • Valerie Defor, Executive Director, Healthforce Minnesota

  • Katie Spiker, Senior Federal Policy Analyst, National Skills Coalition

  • Dr. Allen Pratt, Executive Director, National Rural Education Association

The bipartisan Congressional Rural Caucus was established to ensure a voice for rural communities and to work toward educating other Members of Congress on the constantly changing face of rural America. Rural Caucus Members work to strengthen our way of
life by helping rural communities prepare for the future.  Our goal is to jumpstart initiatives to rejuvenate rural communities struggling under today’s tough economic conditions. For questions and to RSVP to this event, please contact Imani Augustus (
in Rep. Walz’s office.


Tim Walz

Member of Congress

Co-Chair, Rural Caucus

Adrian Smith

Member of Congress

Co-Chair, Rural Caucus

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Agriculture, Economy, Education, HealthCare, Immigration, Labor, Small Business, Technology

Related Event Information

Event Location: 234 Cannon
Event Start: 5/9/2018 12:30:00 PM
Event End: 5/9/2018 2:00:00 PM

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