U.S. Dept. of Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker, invited Dr. Parker to speak at the SelectUSA Investment Summit on the panel entitled, “Partnering for Workforce Development”.  This Summit will be held October 31st and November 1st, 2013 in Washington, DC. 

The panel will hold a discussion on the deep talent pool in the United States, with a focus on several case studies of workforce partnerships that have successfully attracted and supported new investments or business expansions.  

“I am honored to have the privilege of being involved in this opportunity and represent MnSCU and South Central College nationally,” stated Dr. Parker, SCC President. “The agenda reflects discussions and panelists from across the United States and around the world, and I am privileged to be able to share our success stories. “

In the invitation asking for her participation, Secretary Pritzker stated that given her experience at South Central College, her insights and expertise on this topic will be of great value and will contribute to the success of the Summit.

The Summit will be an unprecedented opportunity for top-level corporate executives and business investors from across the United States and around the world to engage with U.S. economic development organizations, senior White House and Administration officials, industry experts, and professional service providers.  The two-day event will include networking opportunities, one-on-one meetings, and moderated panel discussions on investment trends and resources in the United States. 

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