Business and Industry Innovation Conference Set for March 14

Event is Part of JWCC’s Regional Manufacturing and Workforce Training Efforts


 A Tri-State Business and Industry Innovation Conference for Illinois, Iowa and Missouri will take place March 14 to help companies of all sizes learn more about emerging trends, training and technology.

 The event will take place at John Wood Community College’s Heath Center in Quincy, Illinois, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Key educational, business and economic development partners from three states have joined forces to present the conference to help regional companies develop employees, processes and technology to grow business and expand into new markets.


The partnership began last year, which resulted in the first Tri-State Manufacturing Conference.  The conference has been renamed this year to represent the expanded focus to help manufacturers as well as businesses in every sector.

 Speakers set to present during the conference include Joe Tracy, CEO of Dot Foods, Inc., April Glosser, president of Thrive Market Intelligence, Dimitrios Saranteas from the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center and Christian Espinosa from Alpine Security.

 The conference will feature sessions on corporate culture and employee retention, cyber security, market intelligence, logistics, career pathways, artificial intelligence and digital design and manufacturing.  Vendors will also display new technology and products.

 "John Wood strives to be the community’s partner and leader in workforce training, and partnering with organizations in our neighboring states is one way to add value for business and industry in our region,” William Stuflick, JWCC dean of career, technical and health education shared. “We also want to continue conversations with industry leaders to find more ways to equip the future workforce with the new skills they need to be successful.”

 Partners in the conference include JWCC, Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, Missouri Enterprise, Great River Economic Development Foundation, Workforce Innovation Board of Western Illinois, Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service and Quincy University.

 Cost for the conference is $50 including lunch. The event is open to leaders and employees from small and large businesses.  Registration information is available at  or by contacting JWCC at 217.641.4971 or             

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

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