by Anna D. Banks, GCDF

Workforce Professionals around the state gathered today at Hilton Newark Liberty Airport, to attend the 2008 Spring Training Conference of the New Jersey Chapter of the International Association of Workforce Professionals(NJ-IAWP). This conference was one of New Jersey’s most informative workforce-related events thus far in 2008.

Updates on the state of workforce development in New Jersey was shared by Michelle Richardson, Assistant Commissioner, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development (NJ DLWD); Marilyn Davis, Deputy Commissioner, NJ DLWD and Tony Langon, Acting Assistant Commissioner of Temporary Disability Insurance and Family Leave.

Lee Foley, IAWP Legislative and Educational Liaison to US Congress, brought us valuable information from Washington, DC on legislation, and other activities impacting Workforce Development. The information included the status of the WIA Re-Authorization Act; Wagner-Peyser Act funding and workforce training budget cuts.

NJ Chapter, IAWP member, Anna D. Banks stated, “The information received today, was priceless during this time of economic uncertainty in New Jersey. While listening to the speakers today, I became acutely aware of the importance for all stakeholders in New Jersey’s Workforce system to work together and explore innovative ways to meet workplace challenges; and at the same time, to build a workforce that is competitive in this global economy.”

The 2008 NJ-IAWP Spring Training Conference is a semi-annual conference where New Jersey’s local, county and state workforce leaders and partners gather to share their common experiences and challenges in building a highly skilled and adaptable workforce.

IAWP is a nonprofit educational association representing professionals worldwide who work in public and private workforce development programs. IAWP is dedicated to advancing the field of workforce development through education, research, legislative action, financial support, and international networking.