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SRI to Lead Workshop on Leveraging Regional Economic and Workforce Strengths at Workforce Innovations 2006.

MENLO PARK, Calif. -- SRI International, an independent, nonprofit research and development organization, today announced that three leaders within its Center for Science, Technology and Economic Development (CSTED) will present a session titled "Assessment to Action: Leveraging Your Region's Economic and Workforce Strengths" at the Workforce Innovations 2006 conference on Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 1:45 p.m.

"In today's knowledge-based economy, educational status and technological skills can be a competitive advantage and strong contributor to a region's overall economic prosperity," said Lynne Manrique, senior political economist with SRI CSTED and workshop co-host. "However, regional leaders often find it difficult to quantify competitiveness in these areas. This workshop will provide tactics for assessment and a road-map for improvement, using real-world examples."

Workshop attendees will learn about specific tools that can pinpoint workforce strengths and weaknesses, including the key indicators that regions can use to objectively define their educational quality, workforce characteristics and technology capacity, and how to build a framework for a knowledge-based workforce and economic growth.

The presenters of the workshop are three senior members of SRI International's Center for Science, Technology and Economic Development: Lynn Manrique, a senior political economist with SRI CSTED, with more than 15 years of experience in developing economic competitiveness and workforce opportunities; Kathleen Vickland, a senior economist with SRI CSTED, with more than 20 years of experience in economic and workforce innovation and a specialty in participatory strategic planning and implementation to enhance sector-level competitiveness; and Ophelia Young, senior economist and deputy director of the Economics Practice within SRI CSTED, who is a specialist in competitiveness assessment, industry cluster analysis and human resources development strategies.

Additional information on the event can be found at:

About Workforce Innovations

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), Workforce Innovations is the premier annual conference where local, state and national workforce leaders and their partners from industry, education, and economic development gather to sort through issues and confront the workforce challenges facing our country. This year's conference theme, "Regional Strategies ... Global Results: Talent Driving Prosperity," will explore the important role of workforce professionals and their partners in meeting the national challenge of global competition.

About SRI International

Silicon Valley-based SRI International ( is one of the world's leading independent research and technology development organizations. Founded as Stanford Research Institute in 1946, SRI has been meeting the strategic needs of clients for 60 years. The nonprofit research institute performs client-sponsored research and development for government agencies, commercial businesses and private foundations. In addition to conducting contract R&D, SRI licenses its technologies, forms strategic partnerships and creates spin-off companies.
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