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National Workforce Development Conference Materials Online

Session presentations, speaker biographies, and videos from The Future of Workforce Development: Where Research Meets Practice conference are now featured online. Two brief videos of conference highlights and a panel discussion are also available. The Federal Reserve Banks of Kansas City and Atlanta organized the event to discuss job market issues affecting low- and moderate-income communities.

The conference examined challenges employers face in finding skilled workers and the need for job applicants and workers to keep up with changing technologies. Panelists also discussed the need to strengthen partnerships between educational institutions and industry, changes in demographics affecting the workplace, and the value of encouraging entrepreneurship.

Keynote speakers focused on the dilemma of an increasing demand for technically savvy workers and the lack of training opportunities for workers to gain those skills. They addressed the need to retool educational systems and redesign curriculums that better match graduates to the job market. And they explored the multiple challenges of an aging workforce, stagnant workforce wages, and concern for the long-term unemployed.

The event took place September 19–20 in Kansas City and brought together more than 220 researchers, policymakers, and professionals from the workforce development field.