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Future of Work

9:00 am - 9:45 am

How to Attract and Retain a Talented Workforce

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For decades, the employment needs between the public and private sectors were very different. In the public sector, you work for civic duty to build our communities. In the private sector, you serve to build a business and move commodities.  As technology advanced, the need for IT support and services alone quickly changed the employment... Read more »

10:00 am - 10:25 am

NLC Spotlight Theater: Stabilizing the Gig Economy

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Ridesharing apps are the tip of an iceberg! With 30-35% of your city’s workforce operating with unpredictable hours and pay, it’s important to foster local control of the flexible labor markets. Developing policies for the gig economy drives stability, protections, benefits, progression and alignment. Come to learn more about how Britain’s government pioneered citywide markets... Read more »

10:30 am - 10:55 am

NLC Spotlight Theater: Cities Supporting Strong Early Childhood Development

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The City of Cleveland is one of six cities selected to be part of the NLC’s Cities Supporting a Strong Prenatal to Age 3 Initiative a project generously funded by the Pritzker Children’s Initiative National Collaborative for Infants and Toddlers (NCIT)—an NLC technical assistance project to strengthen the capacity of city leaders to improve outcomes... Read more »

11:30 am - 11:55 am

NLC Spotlight Theater: Productive Partnerships: A Lifecycle Approach from a University Community

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Productive partnering between cities and higher education institutions can be mutually beneficial to both partners, especially in tough economic times. But even communities without colleges and universities within city boundaries, city leaders can productively partner with local school districts, counties, and state entities. Come to explore the whys and hows of productive partnering, with an... Read more »

3:00 pm - 3:25 pm

NLC Spotlight Theater: Destroying Silos to Build a Strong Start for Our Kids

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Fostering work ethic, self-esteem, and adaptable skills in youth require a holistic, synergistic approach to community action. American Jobs for America’s Youth (AJAY) amplifies and accelerates creative collaboration within communities by connecting changemakers, promoting best practices and pushing a youth-forward agenda. Learn strategies to your community and local economy by building a strong start for... Read more »

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

How the Gig Economy Can Help Cities Thrive

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The gig economy in America is growing exponentially as more than a third of the workforce hold a contractor or part-time gig. From Uber to TaskRabbit, innovative mobile applications offer ways to find work and provide users with more control of their time and income. When the local economy takes a turn, a strong gig... Read more »

10:30 am - 11:45 am

Building Foundations: Investing in Youth to Support Workforce Success

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Is your city preparing its youth for the workforce of the future? There are many strategies city leaders can implement to ensure young people have the skills, experiences, and credentials to succeed in the changing workforce. Learn how Richmond, Charleston, and Los Angeles are cultivating a successful workforce by starting early. During an interactive conversation,... Read more »

10:30 am - 10:55 am

NLC Spotlight Theater: A Community Promise for Students to Go Further

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Learn how Oakland, California created a post-secondary education culture within their community. Discover strategies from the Oakland Promise cradle-to-career initiative on how to obtain better outcomes in education and future workforce.

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm

The Future is Automated: How City Leaders Can Prepare for a New Economic Landscape

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Automation is one of the formidable forces molding the changing economy. It has the potential to impact people across sectors and at various levels of employment and education. From manufacturing and supply chain to retail and food service, many jobs are vulnerable to automation. City leaders will learn to prepare communities for the future of... Read more »

3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Film and Discussion: No Small Matter

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In the richest country in the world, why are so many children not school ready by the time they reach kindergarten? A child’s earliest surroundings and interactions shape the developing brain, building the foundations for life-long cognitive and emotional development, even mental and physical health. Early childhood experiences form the basis for kindergarten readiness, which... Read more »

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

Ensuring Equity in Workforce Development Programming for Special Populations

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A skilled workforce is a major contributor to a growing economy.  As technology advances, cities must prepare for a new economic landscape that offers training and job opportunities to all constituents. City leaders will discuss strategies that promote equity in workforce development and discover new programs to ensure year-long programming for youth and adults. Local... Read more »