- Associated Press - Sunday, March 9, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Senate will hold an economic summit focusing on ways that developing the workforce can address the state’s lagging economy.

The event on Monday is scheduled to feature speakers including a high school career education director, a CVS Caremark Corp. vice president, several state job development officials and Brenda Dann-Messier, an assistant secretary from the U.S. Department of Education.

The event is intended to focus on ways to improve the state’s economy by better training workers.

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed has said workforce development is her economic priority of the year.

The summit is an annual event. This year’s meeting is scheduled for Monday evening at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Liston Campus in Providence.

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