U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council
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 116th Congress.
Advocacy & Policy
On Thursday, January 21, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA) announced that House Democrats will move swiftly to try and pass a massive coronavirus relief package, which will surely cause clashes in the newly turned Senate. House Democrats have even rearranged their schedule over the next couple of weeks to allow the relevant committees to consider various provisions of the relief package.
On Sunday, January 24, Senator Bernie Sanders said that Senate Democrats will pass President Biden’s coronavirus relief package using the budget reconciliation process, which allows for a simple majority vote rather than with the support of 60 senators. A bi-partisan group of senators feel Biden’s plan provides too much money to high-income Americans, which could become a setback in negotiations. The plan extends the additional unemployment benefits through September and increases the federal minimum wage. Pelosi believes a package could come to the House floor for a vote as early as the week of February 1.
"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 Board MeetingWed, Apr 21The Historic Davenport HotelApr 21, 8:00 AM PDT – Apr 22, 5:00 PM PDTThe Historic Davenport Hotel, 10 S Post St, Spokane, WA 99201, USAPlease join us for the April WDC Board Meeting from April 21 to April 22, 2021 in Spokane, WA. We hope you can make it! (Please note that dates/times are subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
- WDC Board/Annual MeetingPostponed until June 2021JW Marriott Austin
- WDC Pre-Conference SessionPostponed until June 2021Austin
- WDC Board & USCM 89th Winter MeetingFri, Jan 22The Madison Washington DC, a Hilton HoteJan 22, 8:00 AM – Jan 23, 5:00 PMThe Madison Washington DC, a Hilton Hote, 1177 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USAThe WDC Board & USCM 89th Winter Meeting is scheduled for January 22-23, 2021 in Washington, D.C. We hope that you will be able to join us. (Please note that the dates/times for this meeting are subject to change due to COVID-19).
- WDC Board Meeting & 31st Annual Congressional ForumMon, Oct 19WDC Board Meeting & 31st Annual Congression
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.
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)