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2018 Annual Conference

PA Workforce Development Association
34th Annual Employment, Training and Education Conference
May 16-18, 2018
Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA


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 working 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.

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.

Online Registration

Registration form to print and mail or fax

Request for Workshop Proposals
PWDA invites you to submit proposals to present workshops at the Association’s annual conference. Workshops will be topic-specific instruction taught by subject matter experts designed to increase knowledge, build participants’ skills, or instruct others on how to replicate successful programs. Approximately five rounds of 10 concurrent workshops will be offered over the 2 1/2-day conference.

More information can be found in the Workshop Request for Proposal Form. Completed proposals are due by December 31, 2017. Feel free to contact the staff at 717-612-1590 if you have any questions.

Vendor Information
PWDA invites you to become an advertiser, exhibitor or sponsor for the 2018 annual conference and maximize your exposure to nearly 1,000 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. 

Starting November 1 and running through December 31, PWDA is offering a $50 discount to organizations that sign-up for an exhibit booth or sponsorship. These excellent opportunities can be 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.


PA Workforce Development Association