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 117th Congress.

Advocacy & Policy

The House is slated to pass a $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package by the end of this week as Congress rushes to deliver relief to millions of Americans facing the end of unemployment benefits in mid-March.





"The WDC actively works to promote a legislative agenda and shape national policy related to workforce development. It is a trusted partner for mayors across the country and a vital information conduit, facilitating exchanges between workforce development administrators, the Department of Labor and Capitol Hill on workforce activities and issues.  A weekly newsletter and legislative update provides a wealth of information that city staff need to communicate with their mayors and others on key issues.  The WDC staff also works closely with various federal agencies, members of Congress and their staffs, and others to strengthen the role of the local workforce system and mayors in workforce programs."

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon


  • WDC Pre-Conference Session
    August 31st
    JW Marriott Austin
    August 31st
    JW Marriott Austin, JW Marriott Austin, 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701.
    The pre-conference session will bring together members of the USCM Workforce Development Council, their staff, and leaders from across the State of Texas for a one-day, socially-distanced networking agenda showcasing the successes, learnings, and challenges Austin has faced in building talent system
  • 2022 WDC April Board Meeting
    April 25-26, 2022
    April 25-26, 2022
    Spokane, Spokane, WA, USA
  • WDC Board/Annual Meeting
    September 1-4, 2021
    JW Marriott Austin
    September 1-4, 2021
    JW Marriott Austin, 110 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
    Howdy! Like every city in town, Austin has its own beat. Join us as we come together in Texas for the 2021 USCM WDC Board and Annual Meeting. The WDC Board Meeting is set to be held from September 1-2. The USCM Meeting will be held from September 1-4. (Registration Will Open Spring of 2021).
  • WDC Networking Opportunity
    Broken Spoke, 3201 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704, USA

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.

WDC-SEED Initiative

In August 2019, the WDC formally engaged with the State Exchange on Employment and Disability (SEED), an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Disability and Employment Policy (ODEP) to help address barriers to employment for people with disabilities in cities. Click here to learn more.


Credit: ADA National Network (adata.org)


Upcoming Meetings

Contact Us

1620 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006

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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.