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U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council

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About Us

Building the Workforce of the Future

The Workforce Development Council is an affiliate of The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) and serves as the advisory board to develop priorities and recommend policy to the nation’s mayors with respect to the workforce system. 


The WDC, unlike any other national organization, plays an active bipartisan role in representing workforce development issues and positioning them before mayors, congressional leaders, and members of the Administration. It provides a direct line to Washington, D.C., and assists in defining how the workforce system fits into workforce development initiatives of the Administration and the 118th Congress.

Advocacy & Policy

On Tuesday, April 9, the House passed the bipartisan legislation A Stronger Workforce for America Act (ASWA - HR 6655), which reauthorizes the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  The bill passed on a vote of 378-26 with 26 Republicans voting against it and all Democrats voting in favor. The legislation’s future in the Senate is still unclear, as top Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee members have other legislative priorities to tackle. House Education and the Workforce Committee Chair Virginia Foxx (NC)  is hopeful that the House’s strong bipartisan support for the bill will put pressure on the Senate to move on reauthorization.

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Join the WDC

We welcome your participation on the WDC.  Please click below for your introduction to the organization, to help understand the governance, structure and operating procedures of the WDC, and learn more about the opportunities it provides for professional development.


"The WDC continues to be the most trusted workforce development policy resource for the nation’s mayors​, and one I deeply value. WDC staff facilitates connections between mayors and congressional leaders, officials at the Department of Labor, and local workforce administrators, and provides invaluable insight into workforce trends and activities across the country. ​I've found their weekly newsletter and legislative updates critical to ensuring that mayors and their workforce staff are kept abreast of the latest developments on federal and local workforce issues. The WDC actively works to promote a legislative agenda and shape national policy to strengthen the local system. It is a trusted partner to mayors and a vital information conduit — and serves as a first-rate resource to strengthen the role of mayors in building strong and successful workforce programs." 

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego 

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  • 2024 USCM WDC Annual Meeting
    2024 USCM WDC Annual Meeting
    Thu, Jun 20
    Kansas City
    Jun 20, 2024, 8:00 AM – Jun 21, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, USA
    Jun 20, 2024, 8:00 AM – Jun 21, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, USA
    Please join the WDC this June to take part in the 2024 WDC Annual Meeting, taking place in Kansas City, MO from June 20-21. The WDC meeting will run concurrently with the USCM Annual Meeting.
  • 2024 WDC Board Meeting & 35th Annual Congressional Forum
    2024 WDC Board Meeting & 35th Annual Congressional Forum
    Thu, Sep 12
    Las Vegas
    Sep 12, 2024, 8:00 AM – Sep 13, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, USA
    Sep 12, 2024, 8:00 AM – Sep 13, 2024, 4:00 PM
    Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, USA
    Join the WDC in Las Vegas, September 12-13, for the WDC Board Meeting and 35th Annual Congressional Forum! The meeting will feature distinguished speakers, interactive site visits, and workforce leaders from around the country. We hope to see you there!

Upcoming Meetings

Resources & Publications

Partnership & Projects

Ad Council National Campaign

In partnership with the Ad Council, the WDC is promoting a national campaign to increase awareness about the multiple education and training pathways available for U.S. citizens to secure good paying jobs in high-demand fields. Watch the video below or click here for more information.


USCM-Wells Fargo Small Business Initiative

The USCM-Wells Fargo Small Business Initiative is a multi-element strategy to promote mayoral leadership that establishes, supports and strengthens small business and entrepreneur ecosystems in cities by equipping small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools, training, and access to capital needed to succeed in today's economy.  Click here to learn more.


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