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August 27, 2004

Workforce Development Session Added to Synergy Conference

A session designed to address workforce development challenges and opportunities facing employers in west central Wisconsin has been added to the West Central Wisconsin Synergy 2004 Conference on Sept. 15-16 at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson.

The new session will invite business and community leaders to participate in an interactive discussion that examines the relationship between population and workforce development patterns, community assets, job creation and business development. These factors affect the future of key sectors of the west central Wisconsin economy. The additional session is sponsored by the West Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board and Workforce Resource, Inc.

On Wednesday, conference participants can attend the workforce development session or select from other sessions including "Regional Rural/Urban Transitions," "The Regional Digital Divide," or "Health Care Issues and Our Region."

Organizations are encouraged to send teams of individuals to cover all areas and pay a discounted rate. Cost is $95 for registration, refreshments, lunch and materials. Registration is discounted to $75 for individuals if registration is made online and before September 10.

A reception on Wednesday afternoon called "Tastes of the Valleys" will include regional cuisine favorites from Premium Waters, Chippewa Falls; Bushel and a Peck, Chippewa Falls; Roth's Sugar Bush, Cadott; Main Street Cafe, Bloomer; Viking Brewing Company, Dallas; ConAgra Grocery Products, Menomonie; Rolar, Inc., Menomonie; Nestle Foods Company, Eau Claire; Clubs Choice, Eau Claire; Eau Galle Cheese, Durand; UW-RF Falcon Foods, River Falls; Best Maid Cookie Company, River Falls; Cady Cheese Factory, Wilson; Souvenir Cafe and Catering, Clayton; On Fire Ovens, Menomonie; and River Chocolate Company, Beldenville.

The conference is a project of the Greater Chippewa and St. Croix Valley Regional PK-16 Consortium, which is housed at Stout Solutions at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Hosted by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Synergy 2004 is supported by a grant from the University of Wisconsin-Extension. The conference is sponsored by Xcel Energy and other organizations.

Visit the Synergy 2004 web site at to register or receive more information, or contact conference coordinator Sharon Sabatke, UW-RF Outreach and Graduate Studies, at or call 715/425-3256 or 800/228-5607.

Editor's note: The Greater Chippewa and St. Croix Valley Regional PK-16 Consortium is designed to leverage the strengths of the region's educational institutions and business partnerships to deliver fast, competent and seamless access to education, training and research for youth, teachers and employees of businesses and industries in west central Wisconsin. The consortium blends the resources of the full spectrum of educational service providers and aligns existing planning groups into a Regional PK-16 Council, creating a structure for ongoing economic development and workforce planning initiatives that respects individual entity autonomy and leads to long-term rewards for participating entities. For more information, contact Tara Bergeson at 715/232-5270 or email:


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