It was an honor to have been asked to participate on the discussion panel to speak to the participants of the first ever Amplified WNC 2017 Workforce Development Summit. This event, presented by the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board and Land of Sky Regional Councilwas developed to help address the growing need of employers for talented employees, and to close the growing skills gap. As a member of the Joint Economic Development and Global Oversight Committee I am pleased that many of the actions of the General Assembly have taken bold steps that will help solve some of the issues for businesses, and offer our citizens additional opportunities to live the lifestyles they choose. Thank you Nathan Ramsey for your role in a much needed, and well executed event.