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Hampton Inn, Mobile | October 23-24 


October 23

9 - 11 am


12 noon

Meeting Kickoff/Lunch

12:30 pm

Opening Keynote

1:30 pm

Technology Innovation and Talent Acquisition

2:30 pm

Exhibitor Expo / Networking

3:00 pm

ACCS – Preparing Alabama’s Workforce For Manufacturing

Jeff Lynn, Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development

Alabama Community College System

4:00 pm

Innovative Workforce Development Solutions in Southwest Alabama

Dr. Josh Duplantis, Executive Director

SAWDC Alabama Works!

Ronald F. Baczkowski, Chief Executive Officer

VT Halter Marine, Inc.

William Tincup, President

Recruiting Daily

Bienville Room

Bienville Room

Bienville Room

Bienville Room Lobby

4:45 pm

(safe + sound) Safety & Health Program

Dale Schneider, OSHA Compliance Officer

Mobile OSHA Office

1:15 pm

New Member Spotlight:  Alabama Pipewelders Academy

Charles Byrum, Director

6:00 pm

Social Hour/Dinner

TP Crockmiers

October 24

8:00 am

Opening Remarks

8:15 am

Generation Z: What Can We Expect

David Sullivan, CEO, The Peer Group

9:15 am

Exhibitor Expo / Networking

9:45 am

Trends in CyberSecurity

Joe McEnerney, Vice President

ThreatAdvice and

Christopher Williams, Attorney

Hand Arendall Harrison Sale LLC

10:45 am

Taking a Grow Your Own Approach to Workforce Development

Bobby Lamb, Apprentice Program Manager

Ingalls Shipbuilding

12:00 pm


12:30 pm

Luncheon Keynote

Understanding the Challenges in Workforce Development


11:45 am

Industry News

  • BYF Project Update

John McKay, President and CEO

Mississippi Manufacturers Association

Bienville Room

Bienville Room

Bienville Room

* Session times subject to change.  Check back prior to meeting for final agenda.  Meeting activities will be held in the Bienville Room.


Room Rate of

$129 for Reservations Extended to October 9!

With the unemployment rate in the US nearing a 50-year low and the number of job openings exceeding the number of job seekers for 17 straight months, employer approaches to workforce development must include new and innovative ways to attract new talent, to retain and engage with the newest generation to enter the workforce, to take advantage of untapped populations, and to manage productivity in a technology-driven workplace while mitigating cybersecurity threats.  Governmental agencies, too, play a role in meeting labor market demands.

GSSC's Fall Meeting centers around trends in workforce development while featuring state and local workforce initiatives designed to meet the needs of employers.  Featured topics include


  • Technology and Talent Acquisition

  • Attracting, Retaining, and Leading Gen Z

  • Trends in Cybersecurity

  • Addressing the Skills Gap through Partnerships and Apprenticeships

  • State and Local Approaches to Workforce Development


Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities are available!

As always, there will be plenty of networking opportunities and an Exhibitor Expo to round out the two-day event.


Invited Guests

  • Representatives from the Shipbuilding/Ship Repair and Manufacturing Industry Sectors

  • Suppliers to the Shipbuilding/Ship Repair and Manufacturing Industry Sectors

  • Secondary and Postsecondary Representatives

  • Economic Development Personnel



The Venue

The Hampton Inn - Historic District

62 S Royal Street

Mobile, AL  36602


Attendees who are not overnight hotel guests are encouraged to park at Central Parking Garage located at 74 South Royal Street directly across from the Hampton. From here, parkers should pull a ticket and keep to give to the Hampton Inn front desk agent to receive discounted $9 parking and receive a parking voucher.


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