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2017 Annual Conference

PWDA’s Annual Employment, Training & Education Conference convenes the workforce partners from Pennsylvania and throughout the region to share their work, learn from one another’s best practices, hear new ideas from thought leaders and industry experts, and network. Local workforce agencies and their partners have come to rely on this conference as the one-stop event for staff training and development, all held at a convenient, central location. PWDA’s conference remains one of the largest and most comprehensive workforce development conferences in the country.

  • What can attendees expect from the conference?
    Timely and important information to help you understand and implement programs under the WIOA, TANF, and Perkins federal laws, state and federal policy guidance, and strategic plans
  • Professional training in subject areas prioritized by Pennsylvania’s workforce development professionals to include Case Management, Business Engagement, Career Pathways, Customer Service and Serving Out-of-School Youth
  • Keynote presenters who will inform, entertain and motivate you
  • Practical ideas from your colleagues that lead to successful outcomes
  • Opportunities to network with your colleagues and government leaders 

Annual Conference Overview

The Early Bird registration deadline will soon end. Register by March 31, 2017 before the rate increase. You may register online or complete, print and mail or fax the printable registration form.  Please contact the PWDA at 717-612-1590 or if you have any questions or need assistance.

Workshops are announced
This year’s slate knocks it out of the park! Powered with speakers that span the workforce training, education, and opportunity spectrum, our “menu” of 62 workshops among six rounds spanning two jam-packed days offers choices that will satisfy your great expectations!  Workshop Schedule

Gain exposure through Exhibits, Advertising and Sponsorships 
Maximize your exposure to nearly 1,000 participants, including workforce and employment professionals, educators and trainers, employers, officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and PA Departments of Labor & Industry, Human Services, Community and Economic Development, Education, Aging and others. More information is found in the Vendor Brochure. Contact Tammy K Linn at to discuss a customized plan that will work for your organization.

Hotel Reservations
All conference events are held at the Hershey Lodge. To make hotel reservations and receive the conference rate of $162 (single or double) plus tax, use the lodge link or call 1-855-729-3108 . Indicate that you are with the PA Workforce Development Association 2017 Annual Conference. Reservations must be made on or before April 10, 2017 to receive the PWDA rate.

2017 Virtual Partner Showcase

PA Workforce Development Association