Fed chairman to lead forum on workforce

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell and Cleveland Fed President and CEO Loretta J. Mester will join local workforce, economic development and community officials on a virtual discussion about the Mahoning Valley workforce.

The video conference, “Building a Resilient Workforce,” will take place 1 to 2:30 p.m. June 19.

Joining the talk will be Jessica Borza, executive director, Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition; Sarah Boyarko, chief operating officer, Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber; Jamael Tito Brown, Youngstown mayor; Jim Tressel, president, Youngstown State University; and Carmella Williams, director of diversity and inclusion for the Youngstown Business Incubator and founder of Carmella Marie Inc.

“The discussion will focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on the Youngstown-area workforce and on the ways that regions can build resiliency needed for their households, businesses and workers to better recover from economic shocks,” a release on the conference states.

The announcement references a shock other than the viral outbreak — General Motors closing its automaking plant in Lordstown.

The discussion is the first of a two-part series of Youngstown-focused events.

The second will be in-person, tentatively set for this fall. Go to www.clevelandfed.org to register under events.


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