Employment Training & Workforce Development
United States Conference of Mayors takes the lead in calling national
attention to the problems and potential of urban America, particularly in
areas relating to employment and training and workforce development such as:
job development, out-of-school youth, year-round youth training including
summer jobs, adult training, dislocated workers, welfare reform,
welfare-to-work, foreign workers affected by H-1B visas, labor shortages,
basic education and GED, and related economic issues.
The Conference staff provides its membership with
the highest quality representation available within the Washington community,
including both on Capitol Hill and in the U.S. Department of Labor.
with the U.S. Department of Labor and the Congress:
- To facilitate information exchange among our
constituents regarding the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, the
Welfare-to-Work program, the Federal Budget, the Youth Opportunities
Grant program for out-of-school youth, school-to-work and other related
- To maintain a definitive role for Mayors in
the future of employment and training, especially the Workforce
Investment Act of 1998.
- To ensure funding for at-risk youth programs,
including summer youth, at a level of at least $1 billion, which will
assure the continuation of the Youth Opportunities Grant program.
Information on recent legislative actions
pertaining to the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), Temporary Assistance for
Needy Families (TANF), the current fiscal year budget and supplemental budget
can be seen through the Washington Update.
WDC Workforce Investment Act Funding Campaign
Over the past year The U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council's has been involved in a national campaign to increase Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding and highlight the local workforce system through the compilation of a report from localities across the country.
Most recently the report "Snapshots of Local Workforce Development Systems: Workforce Investment Act Report to Congress" was updated in August 2003 to reflex data July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003.
These Reports provide a local snapshot of WIA and the broader workforce development system and gives Congressional Members straightforward information, including the unemployment rate, on how their constituents are being served with the WIA funding.
It is critical for Congressional Members to be provided with this information to support increased funding and advocate for the local workforce system.
Click here to view the first final report, "Snapshots of Local Workforce Development Systems: Workforce Investment Act Report to Congress" released in January 2003 at The U.S. Conference of Mayors Annual Winter Meeting in Washington, DC.
Please share this with your colleagues across your state and urge them to complete it as well. As you will note, the report has the logo for the Conference of Mayors, so we have also attached a report template for your colleagues who are not members of the Conference of Mayors.
If you have any questions regarding the report, please contact Shannon Holmes at (202) 293-7330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best Practices (View the Best Practices)
The U.S. Conference of
Mayors in a joint initiative with the National
Governorsí Association, National Association of
Counties, and National Association of State
Workforce Agencies is working in partnership with the U.S. Department of
Labor (DOL) to build a network for a skilled workforce by joining together
with various public and private education, human services, rehabilitation,
and workforce development organizations. Strengthening the alliances among
these organizations will help further develop a network that works cohesively
to support economic and workforce development and income and career
advancement opportunities for individuals and families. The initiative
intends to build the network by assisting stakeholder organizations in
identifying strategies and approaches for resolving common issues, sharing
promising/best practices of collaborative systems, and promoting
communication across the organizations and systems. The ultimate objective is
to foster a network of alliances that is fluid enough to support the
independent purposes of each partner agency, yet cohesive enough to allow all
customers to understand how to access and navigate the system to support
their career advancement or business development goals.
Key Congressional Committees
Senate Appropriations Committee
Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee
Senate Budget Committee
Senate Finance Committee
Social Security and Family Policy Subcommittee
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Employment, Safety, and Training Subcommittee
House Appropriations Committee
Labor, Health and Human Services,
and Education Subcommittee
House Budget Committee
Education and Workforce Committee
and Means Committee
Human Resources Subcommittee
Kathy Amoroso, Assistant Executive Director
Melissa Grothus, Staff Associate
Ida Mukendi, Administrative Assistant
Joan Crigger, Consultant
Employment Training & Workforce Development.
Workforce Development Council
Workforce Development Council Board Members.
Washington Legislative Update.
Workforce Development Policy Resolutions.
Announcements and News
Related web sites with best practices and other vital information.
City Benefits of the Workforce Development Council.
Best practices for cities and other organizations.