Friday, August 24, 2007


Gov. Bill Ritter will lead a Jobs Cabinet planning group visit to Larimer County on Monday for meetings with local business leaders, workforce development experts, and secondary and post-secondary education officials.
Monday's meetings will serve as a listening opportunity for the Governor and the planning group to gather information prior to the formation of the full Jobs Cabinet, which is expected later this year. The Jobs Cabinet will be composed of senior business and education leaders, along with members of the Governor's Cabinet, and will report directly to the Governor.
The Jobs Cabinet will work to align the state's economic-development and education programs with current and projected workforce needs of industry to ensure development of a modern labor force. At Gov. Ritter's direction, the Jobs Cabinet will focus on establishing a 21st century workforce across Colorado's five economic regions (Front Range, Western Slope, San Luis Valley, Eastern Plains and mountain communities).
The Jobs Cabinet planning group includes four members of Gov. Ritter's leadership team: Don Elliman, director of the Office of Economic Development; Don Mares, executive director of the Department of Labor and Employment; David Skaggs, executive director of the Department of Higher Education; and Susan Kirkpatrick, executive director of the Department of Local Affairs.
Monday's meeting schedule is as follows:
10:30 to               Education Meeting
11:45 a.m.           Aims Community College Loveland Campus, Conference Room 9
                             104 E. 4th St., Loveland
12:15 to               Business Leader Meeting                   
1:30 p.m.             Intel, B.U.M. Conference Room, 4701 Technology Parkway, Fort Collins
1:45 to                 Workforce Development Meeting
3 p.m.                  Workforce Development Center
                             200 W. Oak St., Crater Lake Room 150, Fort Collins