Restaurant Recruitment Leadership Summit
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area and the Greater Austin Restaurant Association hosted a Restaurant Recruitment Leadership Summit to discuss the future of workforce in the hospitality industry. Speakers included Dr. Tina Ady, Deputy Chancellor - Instruction and Workforce Initiatives with Central Texas College, Jessica Scanlon, Top Dog/CEO & Founder of Hot Dog Marketing, and DeWayne Street, Chief Equity Officer with Round Rock ISD, and Owner of Midway Diversity Solutions.
Areas of discussion included:
• Area Workforce Data
• Recruitment/Retention Messaging to Millennials & Gen Z
• Intergenerational Communications
• Restaurant Recovery Initiative
• Diversity & Inclusion
• Operator Panel Discussions
Rural Capital Area Multi-Chamber Chat: Community Update & Workforce Development Review
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) hosted a Multi-Chamber Chat virtually on March 16, with the goal of convening members of leadership from all Chambers of Commerce from across the nine-county Rural Capital Area of Central Texas, to share community updates and explore targeted workforce resources to enhance business and talent development opportunities throughout the region.
Our hope is that this summit will develop into a regular meeting to share insights on what is happening in each of our communities, to relay updates on WSRCA projects and initiatives, and explore how each Chamber can play a vital role in our upcoming Strategic Plan.
WSRCA Webinar: Workforce Town Hall with Texas State Rep. John Cyrier, District 17
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area is proud to have hosted a virtual community town hall discussion with Texas State Rep. John Cyrier, House District 17 (Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, Lee, and Karnes Counties), to review how local businesses and job seekers can connect with resources at any stage of their workforce journey.
WSRCA Webinar: Giga Texas! Exploring Tesla's Drive to Recharge Manufacturing in Central Texas
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area and Workforce Solutions Capital Area, hosted a webinar discussion between Commissioner Representing Employers, Aaron Demerson, with the Texas Workforce Commission, and Rohan Patel, Senior Director, Public Policy and Business Development, with Tesla, to explore how the automaker's upcoming Gigafactory in Austin will help enhance the Central Texas Manufacturing Industry, and create innovative opportunities for our region’s world-class workforce.
WSRCA Webinar: Career Transition - From Retail/Hospitality into Logistics
Careers in Logistics are booming in Central Texas and Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) hosted a webinar with our partners at Amazon, to help answer your questions about transitioning into this expanding industry.
Elva Zdeb, WSRCA Board Member and Director of Human Resources at Atrium Hospitality, posed questions to Angel Contreras, a Human Resources Executive with Amazon, to help navigate these pathways.
WSRCA Webinar: Manufacturing in Central Texas Virtual Roundtable
WSRCA and our partners at the Austin Regional Manufacturers Association, the Georgetown Manufacturers Alliance, the Greater San Marcos Partnership and the Greater San Marcos Manufacturers Association, joined for a virtual roundtable to discuss the state of manufacturing in Central Texas, it’s economic impact, the workforce development pipeline and Skill-Based Career Progression Lattices, including the many opportunities that exist within the industry going beyond the factory floor.
The panel also reviewed how manufacturing has changed in Central Texas over the past decades and where it’s going next.
WSRCA Webinar: ACC & the Skills Development Fund COVID-19 Special Training Initiative Grant
WSRCA hosted a discussion with Randy Floyd, with Austin Community College's School of Manufacturing, to review the Skills Development Fund COVID-19 Special Training Initiative grant released by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Explore the application, the specific training options available (currently all virtual), and how to fill out paperwork when you’re ready to apply.
WSRCA Webinar: SCORE Small Business Reopening Toolkit & Free Business Mentoring
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area and SCORE joined to review their new Coronavirus Small Business Reopening Checklist, a complete toolkit to ensure that small business owners can reopen successfully while keeping employees and customers safe.
Learn more about:
- COVID-19 business guidelines based on location and industry
- Staffing policies, plans and best practices
- Social distancing tips and safety precautions
- Financial and marketing advice
- Government guidelines and information from the CDC
- The opportunity to request a free, expert business mentor from SCORE
As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs since 1964.
WSRCA Webinar: The Future of Education and Work
WSRCA hosted a discussion on the Future of Education & Work with Dr. Nicole Smith, of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
Dr. Smith leads their efforts on econometric and methodological work. She is part of a team of economists working on a project to map, forecast and monitor human capital development and career pathways.
Review some of the impacts that COVID-19 has had on the workforce and higher education across populations, and steps we can take as we recover to prepare for new jobs, while creating equity.
WSRCA Webinar: Recession Proofing Strategies for Businesses
Ready to expand your operations? WSRCA joined with our partners at the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation, Greater San Marcos Partnership and the Round Rock Chamber, to host a webinar to discuss recession proofing strategies for your business. The panel included Joe Harper, Executive Director Texas State University Small Business Development Center, and Dr. Bill Chittenden, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs & Associate Professor of Finance at Texas State University, and Elva Zdeb, Human Resources Director for Atrium Hospitality. An introduction was provided by Adriana Cruz, Executive Director of the Economic Development and Tourism division in the Office of the Governor.
WSRCA Virtual Town Hall for Rural Capital Area Employers
To help Rural Capital Area Employers get answers for their immediate business services and employment law questions amid coronavirus (COVID19) concerns, we hosted a Virtual Town Hall for local employers. The event featured Texas Workforce Commission Commissioner Representing Employers, Aaron Demerson, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area CEO, Paul Fletcher, TWC Employment Legal Counsel, Tommy Simmons, as well as Adriana Cruz, Executive Director of the Economic Development and Tourism division in the Office of the Governor.