Macon EDC & Macon Chamber to Host 2018 Workforce Summit August 16th

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

The Macon Economic Development Commission and the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce will host the 2018 Workforce Summit on Thursday, August 16 at the Goodwill Anderson Conference Center, on Eisenhower Parkway, in Macon. “The purpose of this summit is to bring the business community and workforce partners together to create a more vibrant economy by seeking new ways to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s students and workers,” said Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Mike Dyer.

With a variety of presentations throughout the half-day event, participants will learn…

• Creative workforce solutions from businesses and organizations

• How companies and organizations are recruiting, retaining and training talent

• Resources available to assist companies to address workforce challenges

• How companies are addressing today’s workforce challenges

• Emerging technology trends in the workforce

• How education is working to address workforce challenges

Resource tables from various partners will provide information on Workforce Development programs available for businesses.

Brian Solheim, Irving Plant Manager will address the participants on the marketability of Georgia’s workforce. Solheim worked for Kimberly Clark for 22 years in increasing operations responsibility with the last 8 years spent as plant manager for two plants. Brian joined Irving Consumer Products in 2017 to lead their plant that they were to build in the Southeastern part of the United States. The plant will be constructed in Macon, Georgia, a $400 million project. The state of the art tissue plant will employ 200 initially and will be operational in 2019."

The 2018 Workforce Summit Presenting Sponsor is WorkSource Macon-Bibb. The program will begin with breakfast and networking at 7:30 a.m. and adjourns at noon. The cost is $35 per person for Chamber of Commerce members and $55 for future members. To register for this event, call 478-621-2000 or visit