More than 250 people, including business and labor leaders, scholars, educators, policy advocates, researchers, and workforce development professionals, gathered from October 15 to 17, 2014 at the conference, Transforming Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century. The conference, hosted by the Federal Reserve Banks of Atlanta and Kansas City and the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, was held at the Heldrich Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Over 60 national and international experts shared recommendations for developing policies and programs that will meet the nation’s needs for talented workers. Conference speakers and panelists discussed the role of educational institutions in meeting the nation's workforce challenges and shared promising practices and evidence-based research strategies that can strengthen workforce development programs and policies in the United States.
Over the coming months, the Heldrich Center will be releasing a series of publications that summarize the conference's panels. In addition, look for the release of video interviews with many of the conference's speakers and panelists who will share their views about the major challenges facing American workers, job seekers, and businesses, as well as their recommendations on what should be done to address those challenges over the coming years. Finally, a book featuring chapters and case studies by authors who spoke at the conference will be published by Upjohn Institute Press in early 2015.
Watch a video with Carl Van Horn, director of the Heldrich Center, as he discusses the purpose of the conference.