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OCALA, Fla. (Feb. 17, 2020) – Registration is now open for CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion’s 2020 State of Workforce Conference: Focusing on Your 21st Century Workforce.

The conference takes place April 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 SW 80th St., in Ocala. Bringing together businesses, community and public partners, education leaders and HR professionals, the conference examines visionary practices for retaining a workforce critical to the region’s economic prosperity and quality of life.

In addition, the second annual Bridging the Gap award will be presented to an area business that has gone above and beyond to build the regional workforce by closing gaps in skills, training and opportunity.

Individual tickets, which include breakfast and lunch, are $25 and available at The registration deadline is April 17.

Limited sponsorship opportunities, including corporate tables, are also available. For information, call 352-861-1657 or 800-746-9950, ext. 1202.

Rusty Skinner, CEO of CareerSource CLM, said that while last year’s sold-out conference “focused on helping local businesses overcome tough and complex challenges faced in cultivating their talent pipeline, the vision for 2020 is on workforce retention.”

Focusing will cover:
•   Retaining talent by capitalizing on Millennials in the workforce;
•   Getting the most out of the region’s 2020 Workforce Retention Survey, commissioned by CareerSource CLM; and
•   Leveraging the region’s labor market and trends

The conference culminates with the Bridging the Gap awards luncheon. Last year’s recipients were Capris Furniture, Raney’s Truck Center, R+L Global Logistics and the Marion County Board of County Commissioners Fleet Management Department. They were honored for helping drive the success of the region’s locally-based Commercial Driving Program offered by Marion Technical College.

Presenting sponsors for the conference are Benefit Advisors and the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership.

As the region’s recognized workforce leader, CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion collaborates with local economic development, education and community partners to develop world-class education/training and employment services to meet regional workforce needs.


CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion is a member of CareerSource Florida and a proud partner of the American Job Center network. Programs funded by CareerSource CLM  as a grantee of the U.S. Department of Labor. CareerSource CLM  is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities and in Spanish. All voice telephone numbers listed above may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. If you need accommodations, please call 800-434-5627, ext. 7878 or e-mail [email protected].

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