Contact: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

Good people find themselves unemployed or underemployed for a variety of reasons and many local employers, large and small, face challenges in finding and keeping good employees. The Mercer County Workforce Investment Board is hosting a one-day conference that aims to assist local employers with those challenges and to tell about Mercer County and state plans to connect businesses to quality, skilled and trained workers.

The Mercer County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) comprises more than 50 prominent area business leaders appointed by Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes, including CEOs, company presidents and directors, that meet quarterly to provide coordination, guidance and oversight for all workforce readiness programs in Mercer County. The WIB's most important responsibility is accessing the labor market and helping job seekers and employers connect through various programs.

"This event is just one example of how Mercer County is working to help create a strong workforce,'' Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes, said.

Among the speakers scheduled are Henry Plotkin, executive director, N.J. State Employment and Training Commission; Christy Stephenson, CEO, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton; Lenny Lewis, Youth Advocate, Wegmans Food Market; Pat Ryan, CEO, Hopewell Valley Community Bank; Pam Mount, owner Terhune Orchards. Breakout session topics include One-Stop Career Center services; Young Workers; Health Occupations; and Upgrading Workforce Literacy.

The free, afternoon conference will be Oct. 5, 2006, 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Mercer County Community College's Conference Center, West Windsor. Registration is required and may be done by calling the Mercer Regional Chamber of Commerce at (609) 989-9960 or by visiting its Web site at