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 118th Congress.
Advocacy & Policy
In observance of Yom Kippur, the House and Senate will not return until tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 26. When they reconvene, House Republicans will begin debate on four of the twelve annual appropriations funding bills ahead of the looming September 30 deadline to avoid a government shutdown. The bills cover the Departments of Defense, Agriculture, Homeland Security, and State. While Republicans hold a slim majority in the House, 221-212, at least seven conservative lawmakers have told Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (CA) they will oppose any short-term stopgap funding measure as the group pushes for consideration of each individual spending bill. The House has had difficulty coming to an agreement on funding, and Speaker McCarthy scrapped plans to vote on an initial stopgap measure which was on the schedule last week, given GOP opposition.
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"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
- Thu, Sep 28WashingtonSep 28, 7:00 AM – Sep 29, 4:30 PMWashington, 1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037, USASep 28, 7:00 AM – Sep 29, 4:30 PMWashington, 1143 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037, USAJoin the WDC in Washington, D.C. for the WDC Board Meeting and 34th Annual Congressional Forum! The meeting will feature distinguished speakers, and workforce leaders from around the country. We hope to see you there!
- Wed, Jan 17WashingtonJan 17, 2024, 7:00 AM – Jan 18, 2024, 4:30 PMWashington, 923 Black Lives Matter Plz NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
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.
USCM-Wells Fargo Small Business Initiative
The USCM-Wells Fargo Small Business Initiative is a multi-element strategy to promote mayoral leadership that establishes, supports and strengthens small business and entrepreneur ecosystems in cities by equipping small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools, training, and access to capital needed to succeed in today's economy. Click here to learn more.