The mile-long Navistar/Freightcar America plant in Cherokee was the setting for the April 27 North AlabamaWorks board meeting and Quarterly Workforce Summit. More than 120 people representing industry, higher education, community colleges, K-12 schools and workforce development programs got updates on the many workforce development activities, programs and grants available to businesses, students and job seekers in North Alabama.
They also got a tour of the massive plant, where Freighter America employs more than 1,100 workers, including 600 welders.
After conducting board business, North AlabamaWorks Executive Director Micah Bullard and Assistant Director Stephanie McCulloch opened the summit by welcoming guests, thanking the sponsors and introducing speakers.
Speakers included sponsors Howard Broadfoot of Freighter America and Adam Himber of the Shoals Economic Development Authority. Other speakers were Debbie Pace of Lakeland Community, Mark Joseph of Contractor Services & Fabrication Inc., North AlabamaWorks Board Chairman David Smith of United Launch Alliance, Melody Whitten and Roger Fortner of AIDT, Josh Laney of the Alabama State Department of Education, Julie Hindall of West AlabamaWorks, Nancy Beggs of the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development and Eddie Lard of Direct Communications.
For more about the summit, read this article in Florence’s Times-Daily.