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Institute for Emerging Issues

Registration Now Open for the 2023 Emerging Issues Forum

Talent First Economics tackles NC’s labor shortage by putting people, and their talent, first

Raleigh, NC – The Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2023 Emerging Issues Forum, Talent First Economics: Engaging our Skilled Workforce for a Competitive North Carolina. The forum will take place Monday, February 13, 2023, at the NC State University McKimmon Center in Raleigh.

For North Carolina to stay competitive in an increasingly global, mobile and diverse economy, we need more workers, of all backgrounds and skill sets, to get hired and thrive in the workplace.

The 2023 Emerging Issues Forum will examine ways to overcome barriers that have historically and systemically prevented groups of workers from finding employment and staying engaged in the workplace. By putting talent first – increasing our understanding of what employees are looking for and how employers and systems can respond – we can better energize, equip and unleash North Carolina’s full abundance of talent.

In addition to engaging discussions with leaders on the state of our current workforce and putting the needs of workers first, this year’s forum will include a presentation from the Talent First Economics Task Force on actionable recommendations for breaking down barriers to employment.

To learn more and register, go to General tickets are $250 and will increase to $295 on January 1, 2023. Scholarships will be available for those who identify ticket affordability as a barrier to attending the forum. Discounts will also be available for groups of six. More information can be found when registering for the event.

About the Institute for Emerging Issues

The Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University is a nonpartisan public policy organization focused on the state’s vibrancy and economic competitiveness. Since 1986, IEI’s Emerging Issues Forum has attracted leaders in business, education and public policy to discuss issues with profound implications for North Carolina’s future prosperity. It has helped catalyze the policy reforms, public investments and other proactive responses required to build an enduring capacity for progress in North Carolina.