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Tuesday, September 21 • 11:15am - 12:00pm
Iowa's Restaurant & Hospitality Industries-Busting At The Seams With Career Opportunities

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Pre-pandemic, workforce was the top challenge Iowa hospitality industry operators faced. Today, it is even more critical-Iowa's restaurant and hospitality industries need people, needs them now, and their Pandemic recovery depends on it. The stats are jaw-dropping! More than half of the state's restaurants are operating 20+% below needed staffing levels, 70% of operators cite the inability to find qualified workforce as the number one threat to their potential recovery from the impact of Covid-19 and 85% say the lack of workforce will impact future business plans. Learn what both industries are doing in Iowa high schools to face this challenge head on.Attendees will be able to:
- Understand the challenges facing the restaurant and hospitality industries with new jobs, labor shortages, and Pandemic recovery
- Analyze the state of Hospitality work-based learning education in Iowa (established CTE programs, training, certifications, and resources available through the Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation and the National Restaurant Association)
-Discover how connecting students to careers in the restaurant and hospitality industries contributes to high-quality, work-based learning experiences that can be foundational and transferrable for a variety of management and leadership skills employers ask for today.
- Understand the importance of Industry Partners to Iowa ProStart and Hospitality/Tourism programs.

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May Schaben

Executive Director, Iowa Restaurant Association Education Foundation

Greg Edwards

President & CEO, Catch Des Moines
Over 40 years experience in hospitality,  restaurants, hotels and destination marketing organizations (CVBs).  I, along with the Iowa Restaurant Association will be discussing the employment needs of our industry and how these jobs can lead to very sustainable careers.

Tuesday September 21, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm CDT
Room 112