Workforce Investment Act Operations Bulletin
Volume 3, Number 33
For the week ending August 27, 2004
(For Internal Use Only)
Technical Assistance and Training
2004 National Workforce Excellence Summit
Learn how to transition the workforce to self-sufficiency and effectively comply with WIA regulations at the 2004 National Workforce Excellence Summit, September 14-16 in Washington, DC, at the Georgetown University Conference Center. This summit will provide frameworks for performance measurement and innovative model programs to utilize for implementing and improving workforce development programs.
"Hire Vets First" campaign
The "Hire Vets First" campaign will be launched on September 9, 2004 by the Presidentís National Hire Veterans Committee. The Hire Vets First campaign will heighten employer awareness about the employability of veterans and will refer employers interested in hiring veterans to local One-Stop Career centers. DOL VETS and ETA are working together to educate the public workforce system and its veterans-focused partners about the Hire Vets First campaign to ensure One-Stop Career Centers are knowledgeable about the campaign and prepared to handle the increase in employer inquiries when it kicks off.
The campaign, through its Web site, www.hirevetsfirst.org, and the U.S. Department of Laborís Toll-Free Help Line 1-877-US2-JOBS (TTY: 1-877-889-5627), will refer employers to local One-Stop Career Centers for assistance in connecting to veterans. Businesses that contact One-Stop Career Centers during the campaign will want to tap into the veteran labor pool by utilizing the comprehensive services offered at One-Stop Career Centers. Please note the www.hirevetsfirst.org website will not be live until the campaign is kicked off on September 9, 2004.
Assistant Secretary Emily Stover DeRocco and VETS Assistant Secretary Fred Juarbe have sent a joint letter via email to state workforce administrators, state WIBs, local WIBS, One-Stop Career Center Managers, ETA and VETS regional offices, DVETS, state veterans representatives, and state Directors of Veterans Affairs. They asked for everyoneís assistance in building awareness about the Hire Vets First campaign and to think strategically about how to coordinate the efforts of all One Stop Career Center program staff to best assist employers in connecting to veterans through the public workforce system.
Contact: Chris Kulick (202-693-3045; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Supporting Low-Income Families and Children: The Challenges Ahead for State & Local Governments
State and local leaders are squeezed by demands for supports and services for children and families and budget constraints resulting from the economy, tax policy, and federal funding. Over the past three years, states have had to close a cumulative budget gap approaching $200 billion. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, in FY2005 at least 30 states will face budget deficits totaling between $39-$41 billion, or about seven to eight percent of expenditures. This forum will examine the outlook for human services in the current fiscal environment, including:
It will bring together state and local organizations, universities, think tanks, funders and others to share their thoughts about what we know, what we do not know, and what we need to know to support good policies, programs and systems reforms. The logistics are as follows:
Tuesday, September 14, 2004, 8:30am-12:00pm
The National Press Club
529 14th Street, N.W., 13th Floor, Washington, DC
Contact: Charlene Whitfield at email@example.com or 202-628-4200
Hospitality and Retail Industries: On September 27, the Employment and Training Administration will host a Workforce Solutions Forum as part of the Presidentís High Growth Job Training Initiative in the Hospitality and Retail Industries. The forum, tentatively scheduled in Las Vegas, NV, will include representatives of the public workforce system, education and training providers, business representatives, and other stakeholders. The attendees will participate in a facilitated discussion and analysis of solutions to the critical workforce challenges in the hospitality and retail industries. Contact: Katie McClurg (202-693-2804; firstname.lastname@example.org)
September 14: ETA will host an Executive Forum to discuss issues relating to the freight, warehousing and logistics aspects of the transportation industry as part of the Presidentís High Growth Job Training Initiative for Transportation. The forum will be held in Washington, DC. Contacts: Tom Hooper (202-693-3865; email@example.com) or Katie McClurg (202-693-2804; firstname.lastname@example.org)
September 30: ETA will host an Executive Forum to discuss issues relating to transit and ground passenger transportation as part of the Presidentís High Growth Job Training Initiative for Transportation. The forum will be held in Washington, DC. Contacts: Tom Hooper (202-693-3865; email@example.com) or Katie McClurg (202- 693-2804; firstname.lastname@example.org)
September 14: ETA will host an Executive Forum with Edison Electric Institute and the American Gas Association, along with other public utilities and co-ops, as part of the Presidentís High Growth Job Training Initiative for Energy. The Forum will be held in Washington, DC. Contact: Robert Morgan (202-693-3438; email@example.com)
September 27: ETA will host an Executive Forum with the National Mining Association as part of the Presidentís High Growth Job Training Initiative for Energy. The Forum will be held in Nevada. Contact: Robert Morgan (202- 693-3438; firstname.lastname@example.org)