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Rural Community Action Assembly: Recovery-Friendly Workplaces for Workforce Development

August 16, 2023 @ 10:00 am 11:30 am EDT

Aerial view of houses in rural community

Recovery-friendly workplaces allow businesses to be at the forefront of using inclusive hiring practices to address workforce shortages and offer opportunities to often-stigmatized, historically overlooked job seekers. This event is for rural economic or workforce development corporations, rural chambers of commerce, nonprofits working with low- and moderate-income communities, and other rural or countywide decision makers who want to learn more about inclusive workforce models. Participation is free for this virtual event but registration is required.


Event details

Attendees will hear from subject matter experts who will make the economic case for a more inclusive and wholistic approach to labor force participation. You’ll learn about the benefits of businesses becoming recovery-friendly workplaces and how this approach has evolved from a recruitment strategy to a new philosophy for hiring methods.

Presenters include

  • Lisa Davis, Director, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
  • Glenn Sterner, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Penn State Abington
  • Kristina Brant, Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Penn State University
  • Denise H. Continenza, Extension Educator, Food, Families & Health, Penn State Extension – Lehigh County
  • Douglas Swanson, Coordinator for the Labor Studies Program, University of Missouri–St. Louis

A video recording and presentations will be shared publicly afterward. Participants will have opportunities to engage with their peers, and all attendees will be encouraged to contribute to the conversation.

For questions about this event, please contact Philip Jones at philip.jones@phil.frb.org.

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This virtual meeting is a continuation of the Rural Community Action Assemblies. Launched in 2020, the series focuses on actionable research and programmatic models to promote strong and equitable community, economic, and workforce development in rural Pennsylvania. This year’s series is cohosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and Penn State’s Center for Economic and Community Development.