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

It’s down to the wire for congressional appropriators and leaders to reach a deal to fund the government beyond December 16 when a stop-gap spending measure expires. Top congressional appropriators say they are making progress toward a bipartisan government funding deal, as Senate Appropriations Chair Patrick Leahy (VT) and Vice Chairman Richard Shelby (AL) continue to negotiate overall funding levels for defense and nondefense programs. On Thursday, December 1, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (CA) warned that if Congress fails to pass a spending package in the coming weeks, that passing a year-long continuing resolution as a ‘last resort’ would be inevitable – something Pentagon leaders and other officials have warned would significantly restrict their agencies.

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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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  • 2023 WDC Annual Winter Board Meeting
    Wed, Jan 18
    The Madison Hotel
    Jan 18, 2023, 7:30 AM EST – Jan 19, 2023, 4:30 PM EST
    The Madison Hotel, 1177 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA
    Please join the WDC for the 2022 WDC Annual Winter Board Meeting, from January 18-19. We hope to see you there!
  • 2023 WDC April Board Meeting
    Apr 11, 2023, 7:00 AM – Apr 14, 2023, 3:30 PM
    Orlando, Orlando, FL, USA
    Join the WDC in Orlando this April for the 2023 WDC Board Meeting! This meeting is open only to the WDC Board of Trustees.
  • 2023 WDC Board and Annual Meeting
    Jun 01, 2023, 7:30 AM – Jun 02, 2023, 3:30 PM
    Columbus, Columbus, OH, USA
    Please join the WDC this June to take part in the 2023 WDC Board and Annual Meeting, taking place in Columbus, OH from June 1-2.

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.