The 18th Annual Kansas Workforce Summit is growing and transitioning into the Mid-America Workforce Summit. The Summit will be held on Jan. 23 and 24, 2019 in Topeka, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center.

This Summit will bring together community leaders, chamber representatives, legislators, government officials, employers, educators, and local workforce board members from several Mid-America states to address the new realities facing the workforce and economic development issues. Rural workforce development is one of the most pressing issues in this region.

The Mid-America Workforce Summit will address several indicators presented by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.

Created in 2017, the task force made several recommendations around five key indicators of rural prosperity: e-connectivity, quality of life, rural workforce, technological innovation, and economic development. These indicators address issues in the urban and rural areas of the states invited to the Summit.

Identifying these indicators of rural prosperity issues was the first key step to encourage change. It is important to realize that this area can become a successful example for others as the region comes together and starts to work as a team.

For complete information regarding the Mid-America Workforce Summit to be held Jan. 23 and 24, 2019, visit, or contact the Western Kansas Manufacturers Association office directly toll-free at 877-405-2883 or locally at 620-227-8082.

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