The Future of Workforce Development

Conference Overview

The world of workforce development is changing. The workforce is facing a number of significant pressures in the current economy, including:

  • Forecasts of sustained high unemployment
  • Fiscal constraints affecting traditional state and federal funding sources
  • Shifts in worker demographics
  • The structure of employment opportunities
  • The nature of work

The Future of Workforce Development Conference addressed these issues through keynote addresses, panel presentations and facilitated discussions by leading practitioners, researchers and funders in the field. A particular focus was placed on the effect of these workforce changes on low- and moderate-income communities, the long-term unemployed and other hard to employ groups.

The conference was attended by a diverse national audience of workforce development stakeholders. Included among these were university researchers and staff, policy organizations, workforce development organizations, community and economic development organizations, employers and government agencies.

A summary of the conference can be found in the Fall 2012 edition of Community Connections. Presentations, videos and speaker bios are also available.

This conference was sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. View additional details about the Kansas City Fed's workforce development programs.