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WDB Symposium

The Annual WDB Symposium is a yearly policy conference hosted by the PA Workforce Development Association. It brings together thought-leading professionals from across the Commonwealth to discuss state and federal policy and innovative practices in workforce development, education, business, and economic development. Attendees and presenters include WDB executive directors and staff, economic development professionals, state and federal government officials, training providers and educators, policy analysts, and other workforce experts.

2017 PA WDB Symposium
Ideas that Transform
October 18-20 in State College, PA

Join your colleagues in workforce development, education, government, business and economic development for a high-level discussion on the most pressing issues that face workforce leaders today.  

Get the latest on the direction of federal and state workforce development policy and critical program funding; learn how to take WIOA to the next level to true collaboration; discover the latest trends in workforce practice; and hob nob with the “who’s who” in Pennsylvania workforce development.

Here’s a sampling of what we have planned:

  • What’s Next After WIOA? A federal, state and local conversation
  • National Trends in Workforce Development 
  • Federal Budget Update
  • WIOA Performance Across Partners
  • MOUs and Infrastructure Funding
  • Beyond the MOU: Engaging New Partners
  • Using Technology to Enhance Services
  • Collaborating with Partners on Business Outreach
  • Working with Community Partners
  • Local/Regional Planning 2017: Innovations and Best Practices
  • Addressing Service Challenges
  • Working with Economic Development
  • Apprenticeships
  • Working with Local Elected Officials

PA WDB Symposium Draft AgendaPA WDB Symposium Draft Agenda

Online Registration 

Registration Form – to print and mail with payment

Vendor Registration Form – as a Partner Member and/or supporter of PWDA, we extend an offer to you to participate as an exhibitor or sponsor. 

Overnight Accommodations
For overnight accommodations, contact The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center directly at 800-233-7505 and reference WDBS17A to receive the discounted rate of $119.  PWDA’s room block will be released on September 27, 2017.



PA Workforce Development Association