The Future of the Midwest’s Energy Workforce: A Policy Workshop for Legislators
This in-person meeting was a unique learning opportunity for Midwestern state and provincial legislators. Registration was free and travel stipends were available to attend the event, which was be held Nov. 17-18 in the Chicago area. Registration for this event was open to all legislators and was accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space was limited.
Over the course of two days, legislators learned about workforce needs and opportunities in the energy sector, as well as the role of state policies in building a talent pipeline in this economic sector. In part, participants learned about the German apprenticeship model and got a firsthand look at how it is being used.
The workshop kicked off on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 16, with an optional “meet and greet” reception for all attendees at the host hotel — the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois. The workshop formally began on the morning of Friday, Nov. 17.
- Agenda »
- Overview of the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest and the German Apprenticeship Model – Mario Kratsch, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest
- Midwestern Economic and Labor Market Outlook – Dr. Michael Horrigan, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
- Clean Jobs Midwest – Micaela Preskill, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)
- Climate and Equitable Jobs Act Overview – Larry Dawson, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
- Invenergy Overview – Colleen Smith, Invenergy
This workshop was led by two committees of The Council of State Governments’ Midwestern Legislative Conference: Energy & Environment and Education and Workforce Development. CSG Midwest gratefully acknowledges the German Consulate General of Chicago’s support of this event for the region’s legislators.