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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, July 19


First hour: 27th Congressional District candidate Nate McMurray

Second hour: Summer of Food - Discussing the middle skills gap in the food industry

We sit down with Nate McMurray, the mayor of Grand Island and a candidate for the 27th Congressional District seat. McMurray is a Democrat running against Republican Congressman Chris Collins. We talk to McMurray about why he's running, his platform, what he would hope to accomplish in Washington, and more. 

Then in our second hour, Foodlink has launched a new workforce development program aimed at bridging the middle skills gap in the food industry and helping to reduce poverty in our region. It's called the Foodlink Career Fellowship, and its 12 trainees are taking classes and receiving hands on training. In this episode of our Summer of Food series, we'll talk about the program, and we'll hear from a member of the inaugural class about what she hopes to accomplish with her new skills. Our guests: 

  • LaRhonda "Rudy" Harris, member of the inaugural class of Foodlink's Career Fellowship program
  • Mitch Gruber, chief programs offcer at Foodlink, and member of Rochester City Council
  • Jes Scannell Rooks, director of career empowerment initiatives at Foodlink
  • John Emerson, chef and vice president of prepared foods at Wegmans Food Markets