High-speed internet access is critical to our state’s future. This panel will evaluate what has worked, what hasn’t and where we go from here. Missouri has the opportunity to fast-track broadband access through innovative models and public-private partnerships. Panelists will share their insights and strategies for bringing broadband to both rural and urban communities across Missouri.
Leaders from some of Missouri's top global firms will provide insight on the transformation to supply chains brought by COVID, how they continue to pursue sustainability goals, and what manufacturing will look like in the future.
Explore ways that education and training providers are adapting to COVID-19 restrictions. Discuss the future of traditional "brick and mortar" schools. Gain insight into industries and trainings that have viability and sustainability in the virtual setting.
The way our world is powered is changing. This panel will discuss a variety of energy innovations and their applications throughout Missouri. Join us to learn about measures that can help communities and our state improve efficiency, enhance quality, and reduce costs and resource consumption across the state.
Learn how robotics, advanced materials, and industry 4.0 are currently shaping and will continue to shape the factory of tomorrow.
A discussion about which industries are on trend to survive the current economy. Find out how disparities in broadband are affecting K-12 and college students in various areas and how this impacts the workforce. Discuss how this digital divide will determine the future of the workforce.
Agriculture is being transformed by digitalization, automation, sustainability, and breakthroughs in plant and animal genetics. Learn how Missouri is embracing value added agriculture, and how technology and changing philosophies are shaping the future of food production.
In 2018, startups created more than 44,000 jobs in Missouri, accounting for nearly 80% of all new jobs in the state. This panel will discuss how a state-wide focus on entrepreneurship and innovation in concert with digital workforce development efforts can be leveraged to lead the state’s economic development recovery.
This panel will explore trends in the utility industry as well as how utilities are embracing these trends and working to create innovative solutions to the challenges they present.
What is the future of globalization? How is Missouri competing on the global stage? What are the best strategies for attracting FDI? You'll find the answers to these questions from our panel of international experts.
Looking at the existing robust workforce grant opportunities, this panel will explain the various ways educational institutions and businesses can best use this funding. Additionally, statewide initiatives will be highlighted. Discover ways these grants can be used to fill in-demand industry positions.
Virtual care is a change agent. Few innovations have prompted such sweeping and successful change in the healthcare sector as the emergence of telehealth services. This panel will address timely trends and topics relating to telehealth services across Missouri's urban and rural communities.
Our world relies heavily on the internet for a wide range of critical services. This reliance leaves all of us - individuals, militaries, businesses, schools, and governments - vulnerable in the face of a cyber threat. These experts will shed light on how very real cybersecurity threats impact our state as well as how we can position Missouri to be the premier state for cybersecurity training and workforce development.
Operating below the radar locally, engineering and architecture firms in Missouri have global reputations. Leading firms will provide an overview of how the building industry is setting new standards in sustainability by embracing energy efficiency, new materials, and technology. We'll also learn how COVID is impacting the design of offices, hospitals, schools, and retail.
Panelists will discuss ways that training programs and partnerships have addressed workforce needs in a variety of industries. Find out how businesses use innovative approaches to fill in-demand positions.
What does the future of higher education look like and how has the current environment sped up those changes? How do universities reshape an outdated business model to address the needs of working adults who don’t need a college degree for their next job.
Important issues such as equality, justice, and the environment are frequently in the news. How can we as economic developers make a difference in our communities?
Explore ways that work-based learning is the "new higher education". How industries are prepared largely depends on connecting the labor force to work-based learning models that provide experience, mentorship, and valuable skills.
States and cities that are successfully attracting companies and talent are taking a new approach. Our ability to leverage technology, smart marketing and new tactics will be key for Missouri's future. This panel will highlight a variety of initiatives that can help make Missouri a destination of choice for employers and top talent.
Join us virtually and hear from Governor Mike Parson as he updates us on Missouri's economic development.