Public Hearing on Rural Workforce Availability and Population Change

What: The Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on rural workforce availability and population change. Hearing presenters will address strategies that workforce development organizations, economic development organizations, and employers are taking to recruit and retain the rural workforce considering shrinking populations in rural areas. This hearing will also highlight recent research that addresses ways that communities can help reverse population decline by engaging in revitalization efforts and attracting new residents to rural areas.

Who: The Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors

Senator Gene Yaw, Chair

Representative Eddie Day Pashinski, Vice Chair

Dr. Nancy Falvo, Pennsylvania Western University Clarion, Secretary

Mr. Stephen M. Brame, Governor’s Representative, Treasurer

Senator Judy Schwank

Representative Dan Moul

Mr. Richard Esch, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Timothy Kelsey, Pennsylvania State University

Ms. Shannon M. Munro, Pennsylvania College of Technology

Dr. Charles Patterson, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Ms. Susan Snelick, Northern Pennsylvania Regional College

Mr. Darrin Youker, Governor’s Representative

Expected Speakers: Dr. Michael Reed, President, Pennsylvania College of Technology; Kevin Sunday, Director of Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; Carrie Amann, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association; Patti Jackson-Gehris, Chief Operating Officer, UPMC North Central Pa., and President, UPMC Williamsport; Courtney L. Fasnacht, Executive Director, Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Council; Darlene J. Robbins, President, Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association and Council; George Stark, Director of External Affairs, Coterra Energy; Hope Lineman, Strategic Advisor to the Chancellor for Workforce Innovation, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education; Mark Muro, Senior Fellow, Brookings Metro, and Tony Pipa, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings Institution; Dr. Bing Ran, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Penn State University Harrisburg; and Dr. Joseph Hafer, Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Administration, University of Memphis.

When: Thursday, May 25, 2023, 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Where: Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA



Contact: Christine Caldara Piatos, Communications Manager, Center for Rural Pennsylvania, (717) 787-9555,

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