Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo
March 26-29, 2018, Kansas City, MO, In Partnership with usignite


SMART Cities Need A SMART Workforce - 21st Century Education and Workforce Development

Research shows that Smart Communities are inhabited by a labor force that keeps their knowledge up to date through ongoing education. Education is critical for development of talent that is motivated and enabled to drive innovation. New technologies continue to disrupt the education market. Digital technology changes the way education is provided to the existing and future workforce of SMART Communities.

Rapid technological advances create the need for ongoing education of the local workforce to stay competitive for regional economic growth. The availability of online education will stimulate the trend towards continuous in-house work force training and development

In this workshop, SMART Leaders Will Learn How To:

  • Discover your community readiness for 21st century jobs in your region
  • Enhance SMART growth in your region
  • Attract a SMART workforce in your region
  • Implement SMART education and workforce development programs in your region
  • Exchange best practice and lessons learned with other SMART leaders worldwide


About the Instructors

Minna LeVine
Co-Founder of SMART Community Exchange and SMART Education Exchange; CEO, Advantages International, LLC and Chamber of Eco Commerce.

Decades of leadership experience in Managing Organizations, Individuals, and Brands. Grown established companies and built emerging businesses. Acts as a liaison between international management teams and as a board member. Served numerous non-profits and trade organizations.

Working group experience includes SMART Education Exchange (SEE), TransAtlantic Education Leadership Exchange (TELE), SMART Cyber Exchange (SCE), Infragard (FBI), CEO Water Mandate (UNDP), Business Call to Action (UNDP), Innovation Center for Climate Resilience (ICCR), European Commission (EC), and other international trade organizations.

Immediate past President, Finnish American Chamber of Commerce Southeast, President Scandinavian American Foundation of Georgia, Administrator USANOR Business Exchange, UNICEF volunteer.

Professional Speaker.

USA and EU citizen. Immigrated into the USA in 1984. Resided in fifteen countries. Multi-lingual communicator. Education in Finland, Switzerland, United States.


Tana Torrano
Co-Founder of SMART Community Exchange and SMART Education Exchange; CEO, Market Vision Consulting, LLC.

Tana's previous experience included over 30 years in professional speaking, training, sales and marketing. Tana speaks on a wide range of topics and success training from SMART Education, SMART Soft Landing, SMART Communities, business development, international trade and investment. Tana is also a featured guest speaker for many organizations and is a frequent guest on national business programs on radio, and television. Additionally, Tana has written, produced and been featured in several infomercials and commercials.


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Produced by  TechConnect

In partnership with  US Ignite