By Jared Council
Virginia's gubernatorial candidates will appear at an Aug. 6 event in downtown Norfolk to talk jobs, Tidewater Community College recently announced.
Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are slated to speak at the school's "Let's Grow: The 2013 Jobs Summit," to be held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. During the luncheon, they'll discuss their agendas and share thoughts on remarks made by business leaders at an earlier discussion.
"As the area's largest provider of workforce development services and programs, TCC is uniquely positioned to jumpstart this conversation," said TCC President Edna Baehre-Kolovani.
The event was born out of the fact that TCC is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year and that Virginia will elect a new governor later this year, TCC spokeswoman Marian Anderfuren said. While this is not the first joint appearance the candidates will be making, it is the first time TCC is hosting a job summit.
"Often TCC is at the table for discussions about jobs and economic development," Anderfuren said. "And this time, it's our table."
For the summit segment of the event - to be held for about two hours that morning - the school has invited about 50 leaders in key and emerging Hampton Roads business sectors. E. Dana Dickens III, retired president of the Hampton Roads Partnership and former mayor of Suffolk, will be the facilitator.
Conversations about jobs can run the gamut, but the focus of this event is on identifying well-paying jobs.
"The summit's goal is to focus on the jobs that provide a salary large enough to sustain a family, to provide benefits and to really raise the standard of living in the region," Anderfuren said.
The summit conversation will be similar to a United Nations meeting, she said. As such, the event is not open to the public. Members of the media can attend, however, and a white-paper will be published afterward.
"We purposely said this is not a panel discussion; this is not a presentation," Anderfuren said. "This is going to be a discussion and we want everybody [invited] to participate."
The luncheon is open to the public, and the $45 tickets can be purchased at www.insidebiz.com/growjobs.
TCC officials also invite Hampton Roads residents and business operators to complete a short survey at that same website address and share their thoughts on jobs, hiring and business growth projections.
That information will be shared with those at the morning summit meeting.
The event is being co-hosted by Inside Business. The registration deadline for the luncheon is Aug. 1.