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Event Recap for the 2023 Future of Catawba County Summit, Presented by Truist

Yesterday, over 325 community leaders attended and engaged with us at the Future of Catawba County Summit, Presented by Truist. The event was held at the Hickory Metro Convention Center & Visitors Bureau in Hickory, NC. See the video below for an event recap. Click here to see all the event photos. 

To access a downloadable file of our Speaker Presentations, see below: 

Economic Outlook, Presented by Jeff Terrell, CFA, Senior Vice President, Senior Analyst-Investment Strategy, Portfolio & Market Strategy, Truist Advisory Services, Inc.

The State of Catawba County Workforce, Presented by Charity Patterson Hamber, Director of Workforce Development, Western Piedmont Council of Governments

Catawba Apprenticeship Network, Presented by Christy Lefevers, Associate Dean for Workforce Connectivity, Catawba Valley Community College

Xplore64, Presented by Stephen P. Shuford, Vice Chairman, Shurtape Technologies

Addressing our Child Care Crisis, Presented by Kim Holden, Executive Director, Catawba County Partnership for Children

Public Health Impacts Economic Health, Presented by Jennifer Lindsay, Public Health Strategist, Catawba County Public Health  

How Higher Education and Employers Can Partner to Power Talent Pipelines.
Panel moderated by Lindsay Keisler, President/CEO, The Chamber of Catawba County
J.J Brown, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Appalachian State University
Dr. Garrett Hinshaw, President, Catawba Valley Community College
Dr. Fred Whitt, President, Lenoir-Rhyne University

A final thank you to our sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: Truist
Premier Sponsors: Appalachian State University, Catawba Valley Health System, Frye Regional Medical Center, HK Research Corporation, Peoples Bank, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Inc.
Break Sponsor: Business Data Solutions, Inc.
Digital Program Sponsor: Western Carolina University
Social Media Sponsor: Bumgarner Propate
Networking Lobby Sponsor: Catawba County Partnership for Children
Wi-Fi Sponsor: Green Park Dentistry
Community Builder Sponsors: CompleatKIDZ, D.R. Horton, ESP, LLC, Tami Fox Realtor-The Temple Team Real Estate Redefined
Supporting Sponsors: AVEX, B & L Telephone, LLC, NextEra Energy Resources, Preferred Moving Company, LLC, Systel Office Automation, Whitfield’s Flowers & More
Contributing Sponsors: Cintas Corporation, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, Just Dump It-Dumpster Rentals and Junk Removal, New Directions Chiropractic, Walk With Me Healing Steps, YMCA of Catawba Valley

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