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Washington state's Employment Security Department (ESD) - Labor Market and Economic Analysis (LMEA) division invites you to attend:

2019 Economic Symposium
April 1, 2019 | 8am – 4pm
(Breakfast and registration 7am – 8am)
Bell Harbor Conference Center
2211 Alaskan Way | Seattle 


ESD is convening statewide and community leaders on April 1 (no fooling!) to address key economic and workforce development issues that affect all of us. Attendees and presenters will share and discuss "metrics that matter" to “connect the dots” across public-education-private-nonprofit sectors and geographies in Washington state.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Washington statewide and regional economic forecasts
  • Combatting labor shortages through apprenticeships and the community colleges system
  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): Past successes and new initiatives
  • ESD’s Labor Market & Economic Analysis’ website of data and resources
  • Shipping and transportation sector update
  • Washington state regions reimagined
  • The Future of Work: Workforce trends and “future proofing” Washington’s workers and businesses

Opening Keynote Speakers

What’s on the economic horizon for Washington state in 2019? Get the “metrics that matter” from these Washington state leaders.

Suzan "Suzi" LeVine
Washington State
Employment Security Department

Bret Bertolin
Senior Economist
Washington State
Economic and Revenue Forecast Council

Inger Brinck
Results Washington

Lunch Keynote Panel

Key economic factors across geographies and sectors: How they affect us and how we address them


Emory Thomas
Vice President/Local Markets
American City Business Journals


Lisa J. Brown, PhD
Washington State Department
of Commerce

Jordan Matson
General Manager
Matson Fruit

Susan Mullaney
Kaiser Permanente Washington

Skylar Olsen
Director, Economic Research
& Outreach

Closing Keynote Speakers

When the Recession Comes – Will We Be Ready? You won’t want to miss this relevant, and timely discussion focused on economic cycle planning.

Lindsi Leahy
Unemployment Insurance
Deputy Division Director
Oregon Employment Department

Dan White
Director, Government Consulting and
Public Finance Research
Moody’s Analytics

Who should attend?

  • Government and corporate economists
  • Government and corporate HR leaders
  • Economic and workforce development leaders
  • Corporate leaders
  • State, county and local public sector leaders and elected officials
  • K-12 and higher ed leaders and career counselors
  • Chamber of Commerce representatives from across the state
  • Business, workforce and economic development-focused government agencies and nonprofit associations
  • Business media

Reasons to attend

  • Learn about statewide economic trends that will affect your region
  • Connect and network with your workforce development and economic development peers from across the state to identify opportunities to work together and share best practices
  • Discover data resources and business-friendly programs to assist your local employers