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Interested in being a partner or sponsor for the 2020 Conference?
Learn more here and reach out Jeff Abraham at jabraham@asu.edu for more information.

2019 Host Partner

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The State of Oregon Office of the Governor hosted the 2019 Conference.  Governor Kate Brown launched Future Ready Oregon to provide skill and job training to students and adults and to help to close the gap between the skills that Oregon's workers have and the skills that Oregon's businesses need.

To find out more information, please visit www.oregon.gov/gov.



We were pleased to have the following organizations as 2019 Conference partners. They provided support in every step of the planning process to ensure that we were showcasing new, innovative and dynamic information and people at the 2019 Western Pathways Conference!


The Western Governors’ Association (WGA) represents the governors of 19 Western states and 3 US territories in the Pacific. The Association is an instrument of the governors for bipartisan policy development, information exchange and collective action on issues of critical significance to the Western United States. Visit www.westgov.org.


The Education Commission of the States serves as a partner to state policymakers by providing personalized support and helping education leaders come together and learn from one another. Through their programs and services, policymakers gain the insight and experience needed to create effective education policy. Visit www.ecs.org.

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The Business-Higher Education Forum is committed to helping members create business and higher education partnerships that support the education and employment of highly-skilled workforce. Visit www.bhef.com.


The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) represents all 50 state workforce agencies, D.C. and U.S. territories. These agencies deliver training, employment, career, and business services, in addition to administering unemployment insurance, veteran reemployment, and labor market information programs. NASWA provides policy expertise, shares promising state practices, and promotes state innovation and leadership in workforce development. Visit www.naswa.org.  


The Colorado Business Roundtable, through its strategic alliances with industry leaders, chambers of commerce, educational institutions, and governmental bodies, strives to enhance the State’s business environment and economy. Visit www.cobrt.com.

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The Portland Business Alliance is the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce and the leading voice for business in the region. The Alliance advocates for business at all levels of government to support commerce, community health and the region’s overall prosperity. The Alliance combines policy, and government relations and advocacy in an effort to be a resource for all Oregonians. Visit www.portlandalliance.com.

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Along with education, foundation and business leaders, the Oregon Business Council created Oregon Learns to communicate, convene and consult with policymakers and stakeholders on the core ideas for redesigning public education from early learning to college and career readiness. Visit www.orbusinesscouncil.org.