IEDC Workforce Development

Course Description

Skilled workers are the backbone of a productive and efficient economy, and a critical decision point in today’s business location decisions. This versatile course explains the essential relationship between economic and workforce development through case studies, practical examples, and current research. Course participants will learn what programs currently leverage federal, state/provincial, and local financial resources to support workforce development. Learn about what you can do through collaborative programs to build the workforce pipeline and upgrade the skills of your community's existing workforce. Other topics will include: the emerging demand-driven model in workforce development, sector strategies for targeted industry clusters, K-12 development and integration, occupational analysis, talent attraction, and more.

Course ID: EDEV 1027P
Course Format: Classroom

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CRN Start date End date Format Location Cost
16470 May 12, 2016 May 13, 2016 Classroom Atlanta, Georgia $725

How You Will Benefit

  • Discuss the core components of the workforce development system and its essential role in economic development
  • Understand occupational data analysis
  • Assess qualifications, skills and abilities of current workforce
  • Identify ways to recruit and retain a skilled labor force
  • Learn what role higher education plays in workforce development
  • Discuss how to integrate workforce development into new alliances, new models, federal funding and best practices in regional & local initiatives


  • Introductions and CEcD Presentation
  • Introduction: Why Workforce? Why now?
  • Understanding the Workforce System
  • The Role of the Economic Developer in the Workforce System – Talent Recruitment and Retention
  • The Role of the Economic Developer in the Workforce System – Challenges and Opportunities to Alignment
  • Interactive Workforce Development Discussion
  • Integrating Workforce Development into Economic Development and Innovation Strategies
  • Accessing Workforce Resources to meet Economic Development Goals
  • Understanding Occupational Analysis
  • New Alliances, New Models: Best Practices in State and Local Initiatives

For Course-Related Questions

Please contact the course administrator: Samuel Houser Pugh