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

Appropriations leaders are eager to continue negotiations to reach a deal on an omnibus spending package before the February 18 deadline. Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (AL) has been reaching out to Democratic counterparts to try and finalize a deal. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want to avoid using a continuing resolution to fund the Pentagon and national security agencies. On Wednesday, January 12, the House Appropriations Defense subcommittee will hold a hearing where military branch chiefs will discuss the negative impact a CR would have on the armed forces.

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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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  • 2022 WDC April Board Meeting
    April 25-26, 2022
    Spokane, WA
    April 25-26, 2022
    Spokane, WA, Spokane, WA, USA
    Registration for this event is not open yet, please check back later
  • 2022 WDC Annual Winter Board Meeting
    Jan 19, 8:00 AM EST – Jan 20, 4:00 PM EST
    Washington, 1177 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
    The WDC is back in Washington D.C. for the 2022 USCM-WDC Annual Winter Meeting, from January 19-20. The WDC Board dinner will be held on January 19th at Proper 21k, please email kverge@usmayors.org to RSVP. We hope to see you there!

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.

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

On September 19 - 25 the WDC will be joining the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) in celebrating Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, to raise awareness about the valuable role adult education and family literacy plays in our nation’s well-being

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Upcoming Meetings

Contact Us

1620 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006

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