Having a well-educated and vibrant workforce is key to sustainable growth in our community. As leaders, we all need to be thinking about our workforce availability 20-30 years out in order to support our growing businesses. United Way's Born Learning will host the Economic Case for Investing in Young Children Luncheon on Oct. 20 at 11:30 a.m. at Mid-State Technical College in Stevens Point to further explore this topic.
The keynote speaker at this luncheon event is Rob Grunewald, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Rob will share data to support the economic case for investing in young children. Well-focused investments in early childhood development can yield annual inflation-adjusted returns as high as 16 percent. Taxpayers and our community can benefit through reduced need for social assistance, increased income tax revenue, reduced burden on the criminal justice system and fewer children needing remedial education services.
Grunewald conducts research on community development and regional economic issues. He co-authored "Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return" in 2003 and has written several subsequent articles on the economic and social impact of early learning. He frequently speaks to community and business leaders, policymakers, and media throughout the United States. Click here to view Grunewald speaking at another event.
To learn more about the Born Learning initiative here in Portage County, go to the link below to view the Born Learning Summit that was held on September 22nd at Sentry Theater.