Automotive Communities and Work Force Adjustment

The Midwest automotive belt faces an extraordinary challenge of workforce transition in the years ahead; namely, profound structural change associated with automotive upheaval atop the aftermath of a steep national recession.

 

In an upcoming conference meeting, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago will partner with the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, and the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. This meeting will gauge the dimensions of the challenge, provide conceptual and evaluative foundations for work force and human capital policies and discuss regional and federal initiatives for workers and their communities in the Midwest. There will be a registration fee of $25. Registration will close on October 5, 2009.

 

Conference Sponsors

  • Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
  • Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

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10/08/09
9:00 AM
Registration and Networking
9:45 AM
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
John Austin, Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program and University of Michigan, Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy (IRLEE)
William Testa, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
10:00 AM
Auto Industry Outlook, Work Force and Community Implications
Moderator
Sam Kahan, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit
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Speakers
  • Economic Outlook: Implications for the Auto Industry
Kenneth Beauchemin, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Thomas Klier, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Kristin Dziczek, Center for Automotive Research
Howard Wial, Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program
Randy Eberts, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and
George Erickcek, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research and
12:30 PM
Lunch
1:30 PM
First Responses to Layoffs: Reemployment and Training
Speakers
Marian Krzyzowski, University of Michigan, IRLEE
Lawrence Molnar, University of Michigan, IRLEE
Mark Gaffney, Michigan AFL-CIO
Rick McHugh, National Employment Law Project
3:15 PM
Break
3:45 PM
First Responses to Layoffs: Reemployment and Training
Speakers
Daniel Sullivan, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Jim Sawyer, Macomb Community College/Midwest Community College Consortia
Lou Jacobson, Center for Naval Analyses
10/09/09
7:30 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM
Sectoral Approaches to Work Force Transition
Moderator and Discussant
Kevin Hollenbeck, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
Speakers
Sheila Maguire, Public/Private Ventures
  • Evaluating Regional Skills Alliances
Jack Litzenberg, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Green Jobs for Auto Community Workers
Marcia Black-Watson, State of Michigan
Commentary
, Ohio State University
10:30 AM
Today's Auto Worker, Tomorrow's Entrepreneur
Moderator and Discussant
Maude Toussaint-Comeau, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Speakers
Steve Wadner, U.S. Department of Labor
  • Bringing Auto Talent to Entrepreneurship
Monica Doss, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
12:00 PM
Lunch
Speaker
Mark Schweitzer, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
1:30 PM
Setting the Region's Future Work Force Agendas and Human Capital Strategies
Panelists
Brad Whitehead, Fund for Our Economic Future
David Egner, New Economy for Southeast Michigan
Andrew Levin, State of Michigan
3:15 PM
Summing Up Next Steps
Alan Berube, Brookings Institution
Randy Eberts, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
William Testa, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
3:30 PM
Adjournment

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