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 Friday, May 15, House Democrats unveiled The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act — a $3 trillion stimulus package designed to meet the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. The broad-based, economic rescue legislation appropriates $2.4 billion for the workforce system; increases aid for state, local, and tribal governments on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis; extends unemployment insurance benefits; and provides more direct payments to Americans. The House is expected to vote on the bill Friday or early next week when they reconvene in Washington, DC.
Advocacy for the bill now moves to the Senate. Please keep working to ensure that your mayors and business leaders call for continued support for the workforce system in a 4th stimulus package.
Click here to access a two-page summary of the bill.
Click here to access a title-by-title summary of the bill.
Click here to access the entire bill.
House Democrats Introduce HEROES Act
"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
Chair, US Conference of Mayors Jobs, Education and the Workforce Standing Committee
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)
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.