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The future of work: How will the pandemic impact worker needs?

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URBANA, Ill. – The workplace has changed during the global pandemic, and its impact on urban and rural communities is still being written. 

University of Illinois Extension, in partnership with the Purdue Center for Regional Development, will review strategies for adapting to the new remote work environment in a free online webinar at noon, Oct. 13. A panel of workforce development experts will explore remote worker categories, pre- and post-pandemic trends, placemaking with an eye to the remote or digital worker, and other unique workforce development needs. 

"Digital literacy, as a workforce development strategy, can position your community for existing or expected broadband expansion," says Nancy Ouedraogo, Illinois Extension specialist. "By understanding the trends in the workplace and workforce, proactive communities can target efforts to specific populations in a low-cost approach to economic development." 

Presenters include Carrie McKillip and Russel Medley, community and economic development educators at Illinois Extension, and Cheyanne Geidman, an engagement specialist at the Purdue Center for Regional Development

If an accommodation is needed to participate in the program, please email Ouedraogo at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet access needs.

WRITER: Erin Wunderlich, Writer, Illinois Extension

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