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EDC President Coleman Featured Speaker At "Ready For Work" Luncheon

Jim Coleman, President & CEO, PGEDC speaking; County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III (far right)Oxon Hill, MD, February 19, 2016 - Yesterday, EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman was among the featured speakers at the Venture Philanthropy Partners 'Ready for Work' luncheon at the Bond 45 Restaurant in National Harbor this afternoon.  The purpose of the 'Ready for Work' luncheon was to provide an opportunity for local business leaders to learn about the County's economic development strategy and plans to ensure County youth will be able to meet the related workforce needs of the business community.

County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, along with Wegman's Food Market CEO Danny Wegman, Prince George's County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell, Lauren Peterson for the Person Companies and Largo High School graduate as well as Finance Career Academy and Year Up alumni Brandon Bailey addressed the crowd of top business executives representing key industry sectors in the region about the importance of ensuring each youth in Prince George's County has the same opportunities to succeed in the workforce.

"Although Prince George's County has experienced rapid growth under the Baker Administration, now is not the time to cool off," said Coleman. "As business leaders, you are our private sector partners and must be involved in preparing the workforce of tomorrow, today. No one program can do it alone. We need more employers like you to get involved and stay involved. Our future depends on it."

The Venture Philanthropy Partners (VPP) is a network of high-performing nonprofit organizations committed to giving the children and youth of the National Capital Region the opportunity to grow into healthy, productive adults. County Executive Baker, during his first year in office invited VPP to be its partner in the implementation of his Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI). Prince George's County would be the first place in the region where VPP would implement its innovative Youth Connect model - a pioneering initiative that combines public-private capital, evaluation experts, and high performing nonprofits to improve life opportunities for low income youth ages 14-24 in the National Capital Region.