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2018 Annual Conference

The PA Workforce Development Association’s Annual Employment, Training and Education Conference features informative speakers, more than 60 workshops, and opportunities to network with professionals at all levels of the workforce development system. Conference speakers and training sessions will address emerging workforce challenges as workforce professionals chart a new course for employment and job-training policy to keep Pennsylvania competitive in a global economy. Staff of workforce development areas and their partner agencies attend the annual conference because it offers great value with relevant staff training and updates on a wide variety of timely and important subjects at a single, central location.

The conference features an exhibition hall with the most up-to-date, relevant products and partnerships. Governor’s Achievement Awards are presented to outstanding participants in workforce development, human services, and aging employment and training programs who have overcome obstacles and achieved success. State agencies also present awards to outstanding Pennsylvania employers for their contributions and support of the commonwealth’s workforce development system.

2018 Annual Conference Featured Speakers

Tentative Agenda

2018 Workshop schedule – tentative

The registration for the annual conference is now open. Please use the links below to select the online registration or printable form. Feel free to contact the PWDA office at 717-612-1590 or if you have any questions.

A refund, less a $75 administrative fee, will be made only if cancellation is received in writing by April 13, 2018.  Fax to 717-61-2-1593 or email to  Refunds will not be provided after April 13.

Online Registration

Registration form to mail or fax

Hotel Information
To make hotel reservations at the conference rate of $166/night (single or double) plus tax, use the Hershey Lodge link or call 1-855-729-3108. Indicate that you are with the PA Workforce Development Association 2018 Annual Conference. PWDA’s room block will be released on April 13, 2018After this date, reservations will be accepted on a rate and space available basis.

Vendor Information
PWDA invites you to become an advertiser, exhibitor, or sponsor for the 2018 annual conference to maximize your exposure to nearly 800 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. 

These excellent opportunities are found in the Vendor Brochure. If you do not see an opportunity that meets your needs, contact Tammy K. Linn at to discuss a customized plan that will work for your organization.
Support our exhibitors and sponsors by visiting the Virtual Partner Showcase.


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