Business Expert to Speak on What it Takes to Attract a Quality Workforce

SOREDI is welcoming Mary Hebert of WAVTEQ to address local business leaders on finding and keeping the kind of workers that help a company grow.

Posted: Dec. 27, 2018 12:13 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. — With unemployment rates continuing decline, it may be difficult for local business leaders to find warm bodies to fill positions, let alone quality employees. What, then, does it take to attract a quality workforce in Southern Oregon?

SOREDI has invited Mary Hebert, Senior VP of North America Business Development with WAVTEQ to speak on that topic on Thursday, January 31.

"WAVTEQ is a global leader in providing data, technology and consulting solutions that enable regional and national governments to attract inward investment projects and to achieve sustainable development goals," SOREDI said. "It is their mission to increase the quantity, quality and optimal location of direct investments. In relation to Southern Oregon, this means that WAVTEQ offers data driven expertise in knowing what companies outside our region look for when they are considering a relocation and expansion project."

According to SOREDI, Hebert runs WAVTEQ's US Operations. Previously, she worked for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council as Director of Business Development and Director of Strategy — managing more than 50 inward investment projects and creating over 50,000 jobs in the area anually.

Hebert will be speaking at the 2019 Southern Oregon Business Conference (SOBC) alongside a professir of Economics from University of Oregon, a Principle Engineer from Amazon, and a Partnerfrom Moss Adams in Portland. According to SOREDI, Herbert will primarily be addressing the following types of questions: 

  1. What do international corporations look for when they are seeking to expand or relocate to the West Coast of the US?
  2. What do top quality workers seek when relocating to a new community for work?
  3. Does Southern Oregon have the qualities it takes, as a region, to attract relocating companies and quality workforce from inside and outside the US?

For more on SOBC and to register, visit SOREDI's website here.

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