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 117th Congress.
Advocacy & Policy
On Friday, September 10, the House Education and Labor Committee advanced its $761 billion section of Democrat’s reconciliation bill, which includes several pro-labor provisions not expected to survive the reconciliation process. The proposal includes nearly $80 billion for workforce training programs, including expansion of registered apprenticeships and training for direct care workers. It would also fund new workforce activities to fight climate change – carried out through both Department of Labor job training programs and AmeriCorps – to prepare workers for good-paying jobs in emerging fields to help address the climate crisis.
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
- Thu, Oct 21Long Beach, CAOct 21, 8:00 AM PDT – Oct 22, 8:00 PM PDTLong Beach, CA, 4811 Airport Plaza Dr, Long Beach, CA 90815, USAThe WDC invites you to sunny Long Beach, California for the 2021 WDC Board/Annual Meeting. Proper health and safety protocol will be in place during this meeting to ensure the well being of all attendees. We hope to see you there! Registration will open September 2021.
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.
Adult Education and Family Literacy Week
On September 19 - 25 the WDC will be joining the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) in celebrating Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, to raise awareness about the valuable role adult education and family literacy plays in our nation’s well-being.