Conference announced on transforming policy for the 21st century

The Federal Reserve Banks of KC and Atlanta teamed up with the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University for a conference on transforming U.S. workforce development policies for the 21st century. Slated for October 15-17, national experts will share their perspectives on transformative workforce development and education strategies and policies. The official conference page contains registration and logistical info online. Some highlights include:

  • An esteemed panel of experts from McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, W.E. Upjohn Institute, MDRC, Aspen Institute, Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, National Governors Association, Urban Institute, Annie E. Casey Foundation, National Skills Coalition, CLASP, AARP, and National Association of State Workforce Agencies will discuss measuring success through research, evaluation, and data in the workforce development field.
  • Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart and Kansas City Fed President Esther George will provide comments on the current state of the workforce system and implications for monetary policy. AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler will address transformative changes in the economy and in public policy.
  • Policymakers will give their perspectives on key issues facing American workers, education and training institutions, and local communities, and the policies they are embracing to respond to current labor market issues.


National CWRC symposium heads to Missouri

savethedatecwrcoct2014ACT’s Work Ready Communities initiative selected Missouri for the second annual Best Practices Symposium. Affording Communities a Competitive Advantage is the theme for the conference, slated for October 7th and 8th at Crown Plaza Hotel in Downtown St. Louis.

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ACT launched the symposium to inform and educate participants on building common frameworks that link, align and match their workforce development efforts. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about how successful ACT WRC states and counties are leveraging the WorkKeys System and NCRC to build an economic development strategy.

Who Should Attend?

  • Economic developers
  • Business and industry leaders
  • Chamber of Commerce leaders
  • State, county and local policy makers
  • Educators
  • Workforce development professionals

Registration is now open. For more information, contact

KC Fed Reserve to host workforce forum

The Federal Reserve Bank out of Kansas City is hosting four regional forum events targeted to workforce leaders. In addition to events planned for Omaha, Oklahoma City, and Denver, the Kansas City event is set for July 29th from 11:30 to 1:30.

According to the Federal Reserve Bank, this forum will present community leaders with information on employment and workforce development issues affecting low- and moderate-income workers. The Federal Reserve’s new research publication on the low- and moderate-income workforce will be presented along with an economic forecast for the region. Other Federal Reserve resources and initiatives that support workforce development goals will be discussed.

11:30 to Noon – Registration and Lunch Buffet

Noon to 12:10 – Welcome and Overview

12:10 to 12:45 – LMI Labor Markets and Regional Economic Forecast

12:45 to 1:00 – Workforce Development Resources and Tools

1:00 to 1:30 – Discussion of Local Workforce Issues

1:30 – Adjourn

This information will provide workforce professionals, community and economic development leaders and employers tools to support their organization’s mission. The forum is targeted to Leaders and staff of workforce investment boards, community and economic development organizations, community colleges, workforce readiness and employment programs, chambers of commerce, and employers. The forum is free though reservations are required. The forum is slated for the bank’s KC headquarters at 1 Memorial Drive Kansas City, MO.  RSVP to Annette Phillips by email.

Missouri NCRC Employer Summit set for May 22nd

MO-CWRCA special summit May 22nd seeks to bring together supporting employers across the Show-Me State that endorse the National Career Readiness Certificate and Missouri Certified Work Ready Communities. The Employer Summit helps equip Missouri firms to hire the right people for the job, save dollars in training, and increase productivity.

The 10:00 to 2:00 summit event showcases employers and their experiences with WorkKeys, NCRC, and Job Profiling. The Governors Office Building at 200 Madison in Jefferson City is the location for the summit. Supporting employers will also receive an invitation for a special reception at the Governors Mansion on the 22nd.

Firms not already registered as a supporting employer may do so easily online. More information on Missouri’s CWRC initiative may visit

Workforce Day at the Capital Postponed

puttinglocalmissourianstoworkcoverimageTraining and Employment Administrators of Missouri (TEAM) and the Missouri Association for Workforce Development (MAWD) joined forces to hold a breakfast reception for Missouri’s General Assembly and staff.  A winter storm prevented the event from happening as planned on February 21st. A new date will be announced soon.  The event will occur in the third floor rotunda at the Capital building from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. Now in its second year, TEAM and MAWD hold the event to thank elected officials for the work they do on behalf of Missouri’s employers.

This year, TEAM and MAWD published a special report titled, Putting Local Missourians to Work for distribution at the Capital event. The report provides a general overview of Missouri’s local workforce system, its impact on Missouri’s economy, and examples of excellence from each of Missouri’s local workforce regions. The publication includes brief organizational profiles on TEAM and MAWD along with priorities for workforce system reform.  The report may be downloaded online as a printer-friendly PDF.

Report showcases excellence of Missouri’s local workforce system

puttinglocalmissourianstoworkcoverimageStrong leadership with increased capacity of the local workforce system puts more Missourians back to work sooner.  That’s the focus of a new report published by the Training and Employment Administrators of Missouri. Putting Local Missourians to Work is the title of the 24-page report that provides added focus on the examples of excellence and impact in each of Missouri’s local workforce regions.

The publication opens with the importance of workforce development for Missouri’s overall economy, the necessity of regionalized workforce systems driven by local needs, and the value of the partnerships with educators, state agencies, and elected officials. The opening section also highlights performance metrics such as volume of customers, veterans, job openings, re-employment, and credentials.  A page is devoted to each of Missouri’s 14 workforce regions.  Enriching each profile is a variety of customer and stakeholder testimonials along with articles on projects that make a difference to communities throughout the Show-Me State.

TEAM included brief organizational profiles of both TEAM and the Missouri Association of Workforce Development.  The report also introduces a summary of strategies for meaningful reform of the workforce system at both national and state levels.  The report can be downloaded as a PDF online.

GLETA & NAWB team up for midwest workforce conference

The National Association for Workforce Boards and the Great Lakes Employment and Training Association teamed up to host a workforce conference geared to midwestern states.  Themed as Dialogue in the Heartland, the event is slated for June 14-15  in Chicago.

Today’s economy presents the workforce and economic development world with challenges it has not faced in decades. This event will present a wide array of strategies to assist with meeting and overcoming today’s challenges. It will provide a forum for partnering and networking with leaders from all facets of workforce and economic development.

Boards are the nexus point of business, education and the workforce. The challenges are daunting.  The Thursday sessions revolve around the role of the WIBs; the issues, the policy considerations and will allow time for discussion so all can learn.  NAWB convened a group of WIBs that have begun to tackle the work & the metrics-of-success for WIBs. NAWB has also been involved with a number of others in establishing some guidance on Return on Investments (ROI), and we will share what we’ve learned.

Friday’s portion of the conference features workshops and issues on-the-ground. Preliminary topics include a session on monitoring and finances, college completion initiatives, and the future of One-Stop career centers.




Kansas City Fed joins with partners to address workforce needs

Unemployment trends continue to confound the economy two years after the Great Recession and related financial crisis of 2007 to 2009.  As a result, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is joining with other Reserve Banks to find ways to facilitate more workforce training programs.

Complementing the many workforce development activities being planned this year by Federal Reserve Banks across the nation is the National Conference on Workforce Development to be hosted by the Kansas City Fed, in partnership with the Atlanta Fed, on Sept. 19 and 20, 2012. [Read more…]

Workforce Day @ the Capital set for April 17th

Training and Employment Administrators of Missouri (TEAM) and the Missouri Association for Workforce Development (MAWD) joined forces to thank Missouri legislators and staff for their service to Missouri job seekers and employers.  Workforce Day @ the Capital is a breakfast event planned in the Capital Rotunda from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17th.  Invitations are going out soon to legislators and their aides in Jefferson City.  MAWD board members and LWIB members of TEAM will be on hand with workforce system advocacy materials.

Empowered to Deliver theme for DED conference

Empowered to Deliver is the theme for the 2011 Missouri Governors Conference on Economic Development.  Set for September 21-23, this year’s location is the University Plaza Convention Center in Springfield.  Members of TEAM will be meeting in Springfield with workforce leaders of community colleges and the Division of Workforce Development on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of overall conference activities.