JMU-led pact seeks to increase labor participation

The Shenandoah Valley’s economy is rebounding, but the region is struggling with a poor labor force participation rate, even compared with the national rate of 61%.

To address this issue — and its underlying causes — James Madison University convened a conference in August, seeking input from more than 130 stakeholder companies and organizations, including the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, GO Virginia and the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

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