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

On Tuesday, August 2, Congressman Rick Allen (GA) introduced the Startup Act, which would amend the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) with the aim to boost startups and small businesses across the country by expanding access to training programs and resources for entrepreneurs. The legislation would authorize the Department of Labor (DOL) to conduct a three-year, multi-state study to analyze entrepreneurial skill development programs and how they affect the economy. 

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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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  • WDC Board Meeting & 33rd Annual Congressional Forum
    Thu, Sep 22
    Windsor Court Hotel - New Orleans
    Sep 22, 8:00 AM CDT – Sep 23, 4:30 PM CDT
    Windsor Court Hotel - New Orleans, 300 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
    Join the WDC in New Orleans, LA for the WDC Board Meeting and 33rd Annual Congressional Forum! The meeting will feature distinguished speakers, and workforce leaders from around the country. We hope to see you there!
  • 2023 WDC Annual Winter Board Meeting
    Jan 18, 2023, 7:30 AM EST – Jan 19, 2023, 4:30 PM EST
    Washington, Washington, DC, USA
    Please join the WDC for the 2022 WDC Annual Winter Board Meeting, from January 18-19. 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.