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Press Release Hospital Executive Appointed to State Advisory Group for Workforce Development

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Gov. Kate Brown has appointed a local hospital executive to an advisory group focused workforce development in hard-to-recruit positions.

Becky Pape, chief operating officer at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, will serve on the newly-created Oregon Talent Council.

The council was established following the passage of HB 2728 in the 2015 legislative session and resides within the Oregon Employment Department. The council defines qualified talent as a combination of education, skills and experience. Its mission is to make Oregonians the first and best choice of Oregon employers, decreasing the unemployment number within the state by reducing the need for out-of-state hiring.

The council will provide cohesive and comprehensive data on current and forecasted skill and occupation gaps and develop a statewide talent plan and give recommendations to guide workforce and education investments. The council will also address talent gaps in Oregon’s industries with national competition and high growth, and promote coordination with workforce and education partners around identified needs.

“We will review government data on a state and regional level on employment growth and openings and look at industry trends, issues and studies on both a state and national level on key talent needs,” said Pape.

The council is made up of leaders from advanced manufacturing, bioscience, energy, health care and high-tech industries. The council will engage industry, education and workforce to ensure Oregon graduates and workers are competitive and meet Oregon’s workforce needs.

“I look forward to serving on the council with other industry leaders,” said Pape. ” This council will make funding recommendations that will lead to stronger employment opportunities for Oregonians.”

The group will focus on hard-to-fill positions that are in high demand and in high growth industries. Focusing on these industries will allow Oregon to become more competitive among employers nationwide.