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The Ask Us Anything event series from the Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity facilitates a national discussion among policymakers, community partners, and practitioners and engages them in real-time conversation. These events provide insight on implementation of rapid response policies, programs, and federal financial support. Discussions allow participants to identify gaps in service or funding and highlight successes at the local level.

Latest Webinar

Ask Us Anything: Workforce and Economic Development Innovations

September 2020

Coordinated efforts produce positive results. This webinar examines how Midwest Urban Strategies—a consortium of 13 workforce development boards from cities extending from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Wichita, Kansas—shares best practices and pools resources to address community needs.

Past Webinars

Ask Us Anything: Childcare as a Key Community Development Priority

August 2020

Childcare is a critical need for working families, but the COVID-19 pandemic has brought numerous challenges to the industry. This webinar discusses the importance of childcare to economic resilience and outlines employment policies that can support working families.

Ask Us Anything: Racial Equity and the Future of Workforce Development

August 2020

Bill Rodgers, chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, and Claire Minson, assistant vice president for talent and workforce at the New Orleans Business Alliance, provide an overview of differences in employment and economic outcomes for people of color and outline workplace practices that can advance racial fairness.

Ask Us Anything: Importance of Job Quality in Recovery

July 2020

Janice Urbanik, senior director for innovation and strategy at the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, and Sarah Kalloch, executive director of the Good Jobs Institute, discuss what it means to offer a quality job, how the workforce development field can help advance quality employment, and strategies that can be deployed to improve opportunities.

Ask Us Anything: Lessons from the Great Recession

June 2020

Jane Oates, president of the nonprofit WorkingNation and former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration, and Carl Van Horn, director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, discuss the current workforce landscape and how lessons learned from the Great Recession can inform effective pandemic responses.

Ask Us Anything: Unemployment Trends and Effective Unemployment Insurance Approaches

May 2020

Stuart Andreason, director of the Atlanta Fed's Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity, and Sarah Miller, center senior adviser, answer questions and provide insight on unemployment claims filed during the pandemic. Andreason featured the center’s new Unemployment Claims Monitor data tool, which tracks weekly unemployment insurance claims. Alex Camardelle, senior policy analyst at the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, shared insights on Georgia's support for affected workers and successful strategies to make unemployment insurance effective.

Ask Us Anything: Initial Observations and Responses to COVID-19

April 2020

Stuart Andreason, director of the Atlanta Fed's Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity, and Sarah Miller, center senior adviser, answer questions and provide an update on the first weeks of the pandemic and responses from the workforce development system. Also joining the conversation are Kenyatta Lovett, assistant commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Labor; Kermit Kaleba, managing director of policy at the National Skills Coalition; and Julie Squire, policy director and general counsel at the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

Upcoming Event

Ask Us Anything: Using Labor Market Data to Drive Workforce Strategies, Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 3 p.m. (ET). Register today!

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