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Pathways to Progress: Workforce Strategies for Arkansas’ Emerging Adults

March 6 @ 7:30 am 9:30 am CST

A group of speakers who will be presenting at the Pathways to Progress event.

Last year, the St. Louis Fed’s Community Development team held roundtables to better understand the needs of our region’s workforce, and community leaders from across Arkansas offered their views. Now we are convening again to leverage analysis and relationships in a discussion about shifting structural barriers to labor force participation in the state.

More than 17.4% of Arkansas youth and young adults ages 16 to 24 are not in school and not working. That’s 60,700 opportunity youth whose economic future is at stake. The good news is that many programs are showing progress that could pivot future trends.

Join us to hear from business and industry leaders, community organizations and educational partners from across the state who have deployed successful approaches to addressing many of the challenges caused by disconnection, such as those involving housing, transportation and child care. During this breakfast discussion, speakers will share how they are working together and building partnerships to maximize efforts to expand opportunity for all Arkansas young adults.

You will have an opportunity to submit questions for a Q&A session in advance during the registration process. There is no charge to attend this event, but registration by Feb. 28 is required.

  • Kristi Barr, Little Rock Regional Chamber
  • Tara Dryer, University of Arkansas
  • Mike Rogers, Governor’s Workforce Cabinet
  • Ricky Tompkins, Arkansas Community Colleges
  • Gary Udouj Jr., Fort Smith Public Schools


7:30 am CT

Breakfast and Networking

8:00 am CT


Matuschka Lindo Briggs, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

8:05 am – 8:25 am CT

Arkansas Roundtable Findings

Samantha Evans and Nishesh Chalise, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

8:25 am – 8:45 am CT

Keynote: The Future of Arkansas’ Workforce

Mike Rogers, Governor’s Workforce Cabinet

8:45 am – 9:30 am CT

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Local community leaders sharing Arkansas youth workforce inititiaves

1200 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 United States
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