Bring your team to the

NERETA Job Creation Summit

to help your region

>>>Create Innovation Eco-systems!<<<

Your team will learn how to:

Develop a Talent Pipeline for the Tech Industry
Support Entrepreneur and Business Growth

All in the name of growing jobs!


The purpose of the Summit and eight-month post-conference course (one webinar per month) is to assist local higher education, workforce development and economic development professionals to align their strategies to improve local workforce capabilities in both technology and business ownership skills and boost a competitive advantage for your region.

The Details:

Day 1 of the Summit (Wednesday, June 14) will  be spent on

“Developing a Talent Pipeline for the Tech Industry.”

Day 2 of the Summit (Thursday, June 15) will be spent on

“Supporting Entrepreneurship and Business Growth”

Both days of the Summit will conclude with teams learning from experts how to collaboratively  “Create a Strategy” for their regions!


This is going to be fun!

We are asking regions to attend the Summit as TEAMS if possible (minimum of four people -see registration information) to actively learn how to develop an eco-system of support for entrepreneurs and business growth their region.  You may attend the Summit as an individual, but you will be more effective in your region if you attend the Summit with your region’s team to learn the methodology of “collaborative strategic planning and alignment.”


Support beyond the conference – the post-conference course:

After the conference, NERETA, along with our expert colleagues from around the country, will be providing an eight session course to continue to support your efforts in developing your alignment strategies.  This course is FREE to full conference attendees!

This conference and the follow-up course are specifically centered on the methodologies that are used in developing industry partnerships, sector strategies and cluster initiatives.


Academic underpinning:

The processes and course are based heavily on the work of The Global Practitioners Network of Competitiveness, Clusters and Innovation (which is based on the work of Michael Porter of Harvard Business School).

Day 1 afternoon strategy session – “Developing a Talent Pipeline for the Tech Industry” – will be led by Dr, Eric Hansen of Economic Transformations Group (ETG)  (he was one of the people who helped Silicon Valley with its clustering initiative!).

Day 2 afternoon strategy session – “Supporting Entrepreneurs and Business Growth” – will be led by Maria Meyers from Sourcelink.

This truly will be an opportunity to learn, grow, align strategies…and develop a plan of action for your region that will make a difference!


Why should you come?

The economy is transforming, but our systems are stagnant.

This event will address the major aspects of the burgeoning economy!

  • Transforming our economy with a more technically proficient workforce


  • Transforming the workforce to be creative, independent innovators who drive economic growth!


Don’t let the unemployment rate fool you into thinking that the economy is fine.  It is not.

There are not enough jobs for people who need jobs…and at the same time there are not enough skilled people to take jobs that are available.  The world of work has changed significantly, but how we address the challenges of providing a skilled workforce have not kept up with the times.

At the same time, we know that job growth comes from new and smaller businesses…but supporting “big business” is in the interest of those seeking campaign contributions.

Growing the US economy is up to you!

We need faster solutions to address increasingly more complex challenges to assure economic vitality into the future.  This cannot happen through silos of service. We must actively collaborate!

The economy will not be fixed in Washington, DC.  It will be fixed in local region’s across the country….by teams of people who work with direction and intention to grow their local economies.

Come to the Summit with a team from your region to become a leader in transforming the US economy into the future.


“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”  ~Peter Drucker


Experts in Economic Growth at NERETA Summit Help Regions Respond to Potential Devastating Federal Budget Cuts

The huge cuts proposed by the White House budget put a lot of pressure on state and local administrators to figure out how to continue to provide government services. The best hedge against the potential federal cuts will be growing local and regional economies.

At a time in U.S. history when there has never been a greater technological pace of change and a greater mismatch of skills needed in the job marketplace, it seems unfathomable that the federal budget is on the precipice of slashing education and training services. But that is exactly what is happening. Employment and training programs are proposed to be cut by 38%. Severe cuts in education and many other government programs and services are also proposed.

“Ultimately, it will not be what Washington D.C. does, but what local regions do that will determine the future of the U.S. economy,” said Colleen LaRose, founder and president of the North East Regional Employment and Training Association (NERETA). “This is why we are holding the Job Creation Summit ( in Scranton, PA on June 14 and 15 – to bring together experts from all the different constituencies represented in economic growth strategies to teach teams of local administrators not only how to cope, but how to grow their economy. As businesses in these growing economies also grow, they can help support other local needs. And, as local economies grow, so will the national economy,” said LaRose.

So, why haven’t so many local and regional economies embraced these growth strategies in the past?

“Some like Austin and San Diego obviously have,” notes Bill Holstein, international business journalist and author of The Next American Economy: Blueprint for a Real Recovery. “I have spent decades criss-crossing the United States and the world to understand who’s winning and who’s losing in the global economy and there are reasons why some regions are winners and other regions are not. Many of those reasons have to do with the actions taken (or not taken) by local institutions.”

Holstein continued, “That is why I have volunteered to act as moderator for the two days of the Job Creation Summit. All the players in a region need to learn what they can do to optimize growth. These strategies can be taught and this summit is bringing in the right expertise to teach precisely that.”

“The key is the concept of clusters of related economic activity,” Holstein continued. “Regions that are winners have found a niche to specialize in and then collaborate to help that region become known for that specialty. There becomes a symbiotic relationship in the region between that industry and the people who live there. There is a vision for the region and a commitment from everyone who lives there to make that vision become real.”

Besides not using cluster strategies, what else has crippled regional growth strategies? According to Charles Vollmer, founder of Jobenomics who will be the luncheon speaker on June 14, regions have been focusing on old industries. “Some regions lag behind because they are looking at the old economy,” says Vollmer. “All metrics, (like federal government statistics) are set up for the industrial era. They don’t look at the new digital economy. The old economy is growing at 1 or 2 percent but the digital economy is growing at 15 to 20 percent. Other countries put us to shame when it comes to the digital economy.” Using the modern strategies of the digital economy, Jobenomics is on a mission to create 20 million new jobs over the course of a decade by creating alliances and partnerships in cities and regions. “

LaRose said this is the first time that a conference has brought together cross disciplines (workforce development, economic development and higher education) to teach regional growth strategies. “We are excited about the amazing expertise being brought to bear at this Summit,” she said. “For example, Linda Cruz Carnall, NE Regional Director at U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, will be attending and will be sharing information about new funding available through the EDA. Other speakers we have coming include the director of technology transfer from Cornell University, Alice Li, Dr. Patricia Greene from Babson University’s Entrepreneurship program, Maria Meyers from Sourcelink, Erik Pages from Entreworks and Laurence Gottlieb- President and CEO Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation to name just a few.”

LaRose concluded, “These highly respected speakers are coming to help these regional teams learn because they understand that taking a local team approach will be the only way to help mitigate the impact of the enormous funding cuts anticipated from the Federal government.”

The agenda and list of speakers is available at