Posted: September 24, 2020

This assembly explores the job training needs in the state's rural communities and how job training can be an investment in an equitable recovery. View the event recording.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is having significant impacts on Pennsylvania's economy. Workers have been experiencing significant disruption or displacement as businesses close and work itself adjusts to socially distancing and remote protocols. Workers in most sectors of the economy have been affected, but this has been particularly challenging for workers in accommodations and food service, recreation, and retail.


  • Lucyann Vierling, Executive Director, Wayne Pike Workforce Alliance
  • Shannon Munro, Vice President of Workforce Development, Penn College of Technology
  • Keith Wardrip, Community Development Research Manager, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • Susie Snelick, Executive Director, North Central Workforce Development Board
  • Sheila Ireland, Deputy Secretary of Workforce Development, Department of Labor and Industry, Pennsylvania 
  • Carol L. Kilko, Deputy Secretary for Business Finance, Department of Community & Economic Development, Pennsylvania

This virtual meeting is the first in a series of Rural Community Action Assemblies. This series will focus on actionable research and programmatic models to promote a strong and equitable recovery for rural communities. This series is cohosted by the Philadelphia Fed’s Community Development and Regional Outreach Department, Penn State’s Center for Economic and Community Development, and the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.