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Annual Conference

The PA Workforce Development Association’s Annual Employment, Training and Education Conference features informative speakers, more than 50 workshops, and opportunities to network with professionals at all levels of the workforce development system. Conference speakers and training address emerging workforce challenges as workforce professionals chart a new course for employment and job-training to keep Pennsylvania competitive in a global economy. The conference offers great value with relevant staff training and updates on a wide variety of timely and important subjects at a single, central location.

PA Workforce Development Association

35th Annual Employment, Training and Education Conference
May 8-10, 2019
Hershey Lodge & Convention Center,Hershey PA
2019 Tentative Agenda

Registration Information
Advance registration is still open! Complete/print the registration form and return it with payment to PWDA by mail (205 House Avenue, Suite 101, Camp Hill, PA 17011) or fax (717-612-1593). Online registration is not available this year due to unforeseen circumstances, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. A completed registration form is required for each attendee. PWDA is not able to accept registration forms with credit card information via email due to PCI Compliance Regulations. Any forms emailed with credit card information will automatically be deleted without the registration being processed.
The early bird discount ended March 31, 2019. Any registrations received now will be at the higher rate. Advance registration will close April 26, 2019. Limited onsite registrations will be accepted with an additional $50 fee.

Cancellations/Substitutions/No Shows
A refund, minus a $75 administrative fee, will be given only if a cancellation is submitted in writing by April 1, 2019. Refunds will not be given after this date. Substitutions/changes will be accepted if submitted in writing by April 29, 2019. Any changes to registrations after this date must be made onsite. No shows with an unpaid balance will be required to pay the balance in full. All cancellations, substitutions, and changes must be submitted in writing to We are unable to make exceptions to these policies. Thank you for understanding.

Hotel Reservations
The Hershey Lodge is sold out for May 8 and 9.  Arrangements have been made for overflow rooms at the following two locations.

Marriott Courtyard Hershey Chocolate Avenue
515 East Chocolate Avenue 
Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033
717-533-1750 – identify you are with the PWDA Conference block to receive the discounted rate of $119 plus tax or use the Reservations Link.

Comfort Inn at the Park
1200 Mae Street
Hummelstown, PA, 17036
717-566-2050 – identify you are with PA Workforce Development Association to receive the discounted rate of $199 plus tax.

Vendor Information
Advertise, exhibit, and/or sponsor at this year’s conference and maximize your exposure to nearly 1,000 conference participants. This is a first-rate opportunity to zero-in on your target market, including workforce and employment professionals, educators and trainers, employers, officials from key federal and state agencies focused on workforce and economic development issues, and others.

PWDA Partner Members receive a $75 discount on an exhibit booth. This discount cannot be combined with other discounts. Click here for more information on becoming a partner member.

Payment is required in advance.   See the Vendor Brochure for more information.

2019 Annual Conference Virtual Exhibit Hall

PA Workforce Development Association