Cowley County economic forum to focus on work force development

Theater owner Bill Warren will be the keynote speaker at the Cowley County Economic Forum, which is planned for Nov. 7 at the Cowley College Wright Room in Arkansas City.

The forum, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., will focus on developing the local work force, according to a news release from Cowley First, an economic development partnership.

Gerald Graham of Wichita State University’s Center for Business Management will also speak at the event, according to the release. And a panel that includes local business owners and human resources managers will discuss various aspects of hiring and training workers.

Warren, who owns seven theaters or theater complexes, employs about 800 people.

Registration for the forum is open through Oct. 30, and the cost is $20, which includes lunch. For more information or to register, go to or call (620) 221-9951 or (620) 442-3094.