Community leaders, educators, and representatives from local business and industry gather today to discuss goals and priorities for education and the local workforce. The Region 5 Workforce Development Council, The City of Gadsden, and Gadsden State Community College conducted the Workforce Development Panel Discussion at Gadsden State’s One Stop Center. Alabama Community College System Chancellor Mark Heinrich says each of the state’s regional workforce councils is valuable to the community college system. Gadsden State President Martha Lavender says she is passionate about today’s discussion. She says it is important for government, local leadership, and business and industry to work together and understand the limits and strengths in education. Lavender says business and industry provide opportunities for students and graduates. She hopes the dialogue about solutions will continue. There are ten Regional Workforce Development Councils. They provide a direct link to the workforce needs of business and industry at the local level. The Councils are business-driven and business-led. They work with their member counties to develop regional strategic plans that support local economic and job development activities. More than 100 people attended today’s event.