With morning breakout sessions behind them, attendees of today’s Job Summit had a lot to think about headed into the lunch hour. Eight different sessions inspired spirited and meaningful conversations about various topics that will play an important role in shaping Minnesota’s future.
In one breakout session, Commissioner Lucinda Jenson of the Minnesota Department of Human Services led a discussion on better healthcare at lower costs, where panelists and attendees both shared their thoughts on the impact of the changes coming to Minnesota as part of the Federal Affordable Care Act, such as statewide healthcare exchanges, and what other efforts will be needed to make healthcare more affordable for businesses, and more accessible for individuals.
Down the hall, another session talked about how an improved statewide brand and narrative could give a much needed boost when it comes to attracting and retaining talented, vibrant workforces in our communities. Duluth Mayor Don Ness, a member of the panel, talked about how we must recognize that business success in Minnesota is borne partially out of the high quality of life we foster in our state.
Sessions on the future of postsecondary education and worker training and the importance of technology and innovation attracted full rooms of attendees who had many questions for the panelists about how Minnesota can continue to lead in these sectors.
The topics of energy efficiency and its impact on job creation were discussed in one session, while improved capital access for small businesses was highlighted in another. These sessions point to areas where real reform is achievable now and we can create a large, fairly immediate impact on the Minnesota economy.
Seven additional sessions remain for this afternoon. Look for more coverage regarding afternoon sessions and highlighting many of the day’s individual sessions later today and throughout this week.