The Investing in America’s Workforce Capstone Conference was held in Austin, Texas from October 4 through 6, 2017. The conference convened over 350 leaders from businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, financial institutions, unions, academia, and philanthropic organizations to explore strategies for strengthening America’s workforce. Topics discussed included: reframing workforce development efforts as investments, not just social services; attracting new resources and leveraging existing funding sources; and improving economic mobility for workers. Dr. Carl Van Horn, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Heldrich Center, and Kathy Krepcio, Heldrich Center Executive Director and Senior Researcher, participated in the conference and were instrumental in its planning.
The conference was part of an initiative of the Federal Reserve System in collaboration with the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, the Ray Marshall Center of the Lyndon B. Johnson School at the University of Texas, and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
A collection of essays about improving investments in workforce development programs, co-edited by Dr. Van Horn, will be published in 2018.
Dr. Van Horn remarked, “This year’s conference represented a significant commitment of the entire Federal Reserve System to improving the nation’s workforce development programs and practices. The Heldrich Center is honored to continue its ongoing collaboration with the Federal Reserve System, which began with the first national convening Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century held in 2014 at the Heldrich Center.”
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