Economic Perspectives with Hopeton Hay on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, TX

Education and Workforce Development Initiative Focus of Nov. 10 Economic Perspectives

Posted by Hopeton on November 7, 2008

Austin community leaders Cloteal Haynes and Steve Swanson will discuss a new initiative to increase the skilled workforce and reduce student dropouts on the November 10 edition of Economic Perspectives, 5:30 p.m. –  p.m. on KAZI 88.7FM.  The Community Leadership And Relationships Initiative For Youth (CLARIFY) will convene November 15, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Eastside Memorial High School at Johnston Campus, 1012 Arthur Stiles.

Cloteal Haynes

Cloteal Haynes

According to a statement from the Texas Workforce Investment Council, to successfully compete in the global economy and ensure economic prosperity,  it is necessary to “eliminate the gaps that exist between current education and occupational skills.” 

Haynes and Swanson believe community based leadership and action is the best way to address the issue.  “The process has underscored for me, the miracle that can happen when we take the time to focus on those things which bring us together as a community rather than differences whcih continue to divide us,” said Haynes.

For more information on CLARIFY go to

Cloteal Haynes is managing partner of Hayes-Eaglin-Waters and chairman of the board of directors of PeopleFund.  She has has over 30 years of planning and construction experience and has a masters degree from LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.  She is a graduate of Leadership Austin and a board member of the Austin Black Contractors Association.

Steve Swanson

Steve Swanson

Steve Swanson has 30 years experience in the design and construction industry as a university instructor, structural engineer, prinicpal in a construction management firm, and as an owner’s representative.  He has been actively involved for 15 years with a number of non-profits and community intiatives addressing education, healthcare, economic development, and social services.


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