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Virginia State Representative Nominee Larry Bruson
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Nominee Bio-
I am a current NAWDP Board member with over twenty-five years’ experience in public administration managing responsibilities in local and state government. Demonstrated proficiency in coordinating workforce and economic development programs; and interfacing with professionals of all levels; coupled with strong ability to assess services: business / industry, grant resources, Community College programs, WIOA programs; Human service programs: SNAP & TANF, Veteran Service, and Re-entry programs. 

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
I envision an integrated workforce profession system by which frontline professionals, management, and policy makers not only concentrate on our priority of satisfying the needs of employers and job seekers but insuring every level of human services, academia, and nonprofit workers receive training and education to delivery high quality workforce services; and a developed 24/7 community of inquiry virtual portals that connect workforce professionals across the 15 Local Workforce Areas in VA.

 

Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
I am promoting building Regional Sector Partnerships at all stakeholder levels throughout the Commonwealth. I further support ensuring Virginia’s professionals have a voice on a national level to include NAWDP’s committees and task-forces. Virginia is a role model in many workforce development platforms. I promote collaborations that exam innovations that produce collective impact to include the new normal that we all face. The top of my agenda is providing resources for workforce professionals.

 

Why do you want to serve on the Board?
I have served on the NAWDP Board for the past 3 years. The organization has changed and evolved to meet the needs of its members. I serve on the membership committee and governance committee. I relish the opportunity to continue the work and serve the state of Virginia.


What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
One of the biggest challenges in the profession today is a lack of communication networks that delivers collective resources that are consistent in every state. I believe that NAWDP is an effective network organization that can improve our workforce systems that will filter down to the states. We need to be closely connected together as a profession especially in the light of the new national norm.