The University of Memphis will host “A Forum Connecting Memphis-Area Businesses with Sources of Skilled, Qualified Employees Who are Ex-Offenders (An Operation: Safe Community Initiative)” on June 11 from 8 a.m. to noon in the University Center Ballroom.

“We hope this forum will provide an opportunity for Memphis area employers to learn more about how they can tap into sources of skilled, qualified workers while at the same time expand opportunities for ex-offenders and create a pathway for their success in our community,” said Bill Gibbons, Executive Director of the Public Safety Institute
and President of Memphis Shelby Crime Commission in remarks posted on the PSI site.

“With a growing economy, many companies are looking for skilled, reliable workers. This forum is designed to help employers know how to reach ex-offenders for employment who benefit from special training and skills development, as well as learn about tax options available to employers who hire ex-offenders,” Gibbons continued.

Speakers include Gov. Bill Lee, Mayor Jim Strickland, Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris and Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Tony Parker. Register at