Virtual Event



The Future of Work and Inclusion

Thursday, September 23, 2021 02:30 pm - 03:30 pm

Workforce trends in automation and digitalization, accelerated by the pandemic, pose risks to workers in low-wage jobs and occupations. Economic development organizations have a unique role to play in connecting displaced workers to good jobs and opportunities to reskill and achieve greater economic mobility.

Join the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and WorkRise for a discussion about how economic development organizations can create pathways into higher-wage, in-demand jobs. This webinar will build upon findings from The Future of Work and Inclusion, a new report published by IEDC’s Economic Development Research Partners program, and highlight additional examples of community strategies focused on the future of work and inclusion. 


  • April Brown, Director of Industry Recruitment and Expansion, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Alan Ferguson, Senior Vice President, Community Development, Invest Atlanta
  • Nicole Sherard-Freeman, Group Executive of Jobs, Economy, and Detroit at Work, City of Detroit; Member, WorkRise Leadership Board 
  • Todd Greene, Executive Director, WorkRise, and Institute Fellow, Urban Institute; Vice Chairman, International Economic Development Council (moderator)



International Economic Development Council


Support for this event is provided by the funders of WorkRise. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

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