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Addressing Labor Shortages

June 16, 2021 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm CDT


Join us on June 16th from 3:30-4:30pm where we will hear from leaders in the Grand Island community who are helping address the labor shortages in Grand Island.

Presenters include: Cindy Johnson from the Chamber of Commerce, Dave Taylor from the Grand Island Economic Development Corporation, Tonja Brown from Grow Grand Island and Randy Kissinger from the Nebraska Department of Labor

Topics include:
– Overview of Grow Grand Island & current priorities
– Overview of Workforce Sustainability Plan
– Internships and EDGE
– Talent attraction
– Workforce Housing
– Unemployment

RSVP at the link below. Limited space is available. You must RSVP in order to attend. Registration will close June 9 at 5pm.

**Join us for a happy hour event following the presentation. Hors devours will be provided. Cash bar will be available.**


Cindy Johnson serves as President of the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce where she is working to ensure there is a pro-business climate in the community as well as planning for community growth and economic development. Prior to this appointment, she worked for the City of Grand Island for 11 years, serving as the Community Projects Director. She has received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional and has a certificate in Non-Profit Organization Management from the Institute for Organization Management. Johnson has a Master’s of Art Degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in Mass Communication and Journalism. She has an undergraduate degree in Human and Social Service Administration. She was recognized in 2004 by the Nebraska Community Colleges Association as a Distinguished Alumni and was an adjunct instructor for Doane College at the Grand Island College Park facility. Johnson was named the 2010 Grand Island Independent’s Woman of the Year and was recognized by the Small Business Administration in 2011 as the Regional Champion for Women in Business (Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri). Johnson serves on various Boards, including Heartland Events Center, Grow Grand Island, and Grand Island Livestock Complex Facility. She has served as president of the Noon Rotary Club, and on the Boards of Goodwill Industries, YMCA, and Nebraska Enterprise Fund.
Tonja Brown has lived in GI since 4th grade. Her career includes 16 years at Central Community College, and 20 years at Kelly Supply Company. She has an Associate’s degree from Central Community College, a Bachelor’s from Bellevue University, and a Master’s from The George Washington University. Tonja has served on many Boards over the years, to include United Way, Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism, College Park, Salvation Army, GIPS Board of Education and Chamber. She currently serves as the Chair of Grow Grand Island. She is a Rotarian, a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and a Leadership Tomorrow graduate (1990).
Dave Taylor was born and raised in New Rockford, North Dakota– A small farming community, located 100 miles south of the Canadian border. Dave has bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and continues his education in Economic Development with International Economic Development Council. Dave began his professional career in aerospace industry working for Allied Signal/Honeywell, then transitioned into traveling the United States with Marriott & Sodexo. It wasn’t until the birth of his son, Zack, that Dave and his wife Dawn decided relocate to the Midwest to raise their family. Dave spent 10 years with CHI Health St. Francis as the Director of Healthcare Services before joining the Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation in 2015. Interesting fact: Dave was homeless for two years. Dave and Dawn have two children, Zack and Lauren.
Randy Kissinger is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management. He has completed 9 hours in the Master’s of Business Administration Program at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Over the past 25 years Randy has been involved in daily service to the Education, Employer, Job Seeker, and Agency Partners related to business employment and recruitment in the Central Nebraska Area.


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June 16, 2021
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm CDT


Kinkaider Brewing Co.
316 N Pine St
Grand Island, NE 68801 United States


Central Nebraska HR