Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century

February 17, 2016
By Steve Shepelwich, Senior Community Development Advisor


Workforce development policy and practice continues to face new challenges to remain relevant and responsive in a changing economy. Rapid technological changes, globalization and shifting demographics are among many forces affecting employers, workers and their households.

To address these issues, the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City and the Heldrich Center at Rutgers University continue to advance the ideas presented in their recent jointly-published book, Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century. The book presents research and case studies from more than 65 academics and practitioners on potential reforms to strengthen workforce development policy and practice.


Several new options make it easier to engage with the ideas and authors presented in the book:

  • Download the full publication or individual chapters from the book’s website.
  • Watch national policymakers, practitioners and researchers discuss opportunities for strengthening the U.S. workforce system during the book launch event at the Federal Reserve System’s Board of Governors.
  • Listen to a webinar by chapter authors on options for new program and funding models to align investments with a transforming economy.
  • Join the conversation to share your ideas on Twitter using #TransformWorkforce.
  • Register for a three-part webinar series that will highlight the work of authors from each section of the book. The first webinar, scheduled for 2 p.m. CT, Feb. 23, will focus on improving the delivery and value of credentials and competency-based assessments in workforce training. 

Forthcoming events and resources will be highlighted on the book’s website as the conversation expands.