Future Ready Iowa Summit features ABI leaders

April 21, 2016

Business, education and civic leaders from across Iowa gathered Tuesday for the Future Ready Iowa Summit, an event focused on addressing Iowa’s skills gap and workforce challenges. ABI was a leading sponsor. Developing a pipeline of skilled workers to meet current and future workforce needs is a key priority for ABI and ABI members.

Several ABI leaders participated in the forum, including Mary Andringa of Vermeer, Chris Nelson of Kemin Industries, Lori Schaefer-Weaton of Agri-Industrial Plastics, Paul Schickler of DuPont Pioneer, Mick Starcevich of Kirkwood Community College, and Althea Stubbe of Northwest Iowa Community College.

Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration has set a goal that 70 percent of Iowans in the workforce will have education or training beyond high school by 2025. Initiatives such as Elevate Advanced Manufacturing are working to help address the skills gap and educate Iowans about the high-quality jobs available within the state. Click here to learn more about the summit.