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March 21, 2016

SDWP staff and board members traveled to Washington, D.C. March 12-15 to attend the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) annual conference, Forum 2016. The theme was “Technology, Community, Transformation” and focused on a national conversation to examine the key challenges, ideas and best practices to help redefine workforce development as the cornerstone of economic prosperity and global competitiveness. Sessions provided tips and best practices for implementing the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) and new ideas for changing the national workforce development system to an employer-led structure.

More than 1,300 private sector business representatives and public sector employees from education, economic development, workforce development and local government attended.

While in D.C., SDWP visited with San Diego representatives, including Congressmen Juan Vargas and Scott Peters and representatives from Duncan Hunter and Darrel Issa’s offices. The meetings provided an opportunity to discuss the local WIOA transition and exciting projects impacting employers and job seekers in San Diego.

NAWB represents approximately 550 Workforce Development Boards and their 12,000+ business members that coordinate and leverage workforce strategies with education and economic development stakeholders within their local communities, to ensure that state and local workforce development and job training programs meet the needs of employers.

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