Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), recognized as the Legislator of the Year
From June 20-22, 2023, the Workforce Development and Policy Conference brought together members from across the country in Washington, DC. It was a significant occasion as IEC members engaged in face-to-face lobbying with their legislators on Capitol Hill, marking the first time in four years. With a remarkable number of over 80 meetings, the discussions primarily revolved around two key topics: the JOBS Act, which expands short-term Pell grants, and the Fair and Open Competition Act, aimed at overturning the project labor agreement mandate set by the Biden administration. Alongside sessions addressing Career and Technical Education, Workforce Investment Boards, and a panel discussion focusing on industry best practices, attendees gained valuable insights to strengthen their labor force.
The conference also featured notable speakers who provided valuable perspectives on various topics. Keynote speaker Nathan Gonzales delivered an analysis of last year's election and offered insights into what may be in store for the upcoming 2024 elections. Ken Simonson, economist at the Associated General Contractor, presented an assessment of the economy in relation to the construction industry. Mandy Edens, Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSHA, offered a glimpse into the agency's future rulemakings. Additionally, attendees had the privilege of hearing from two distinguished individuals: Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), recognized as the Legislator of the Year, and Rep. Burgess Owens (R-UT), honored as the Rising Star of the year.
The Workforce Development and Policy Conference has firmly established itself as a premier platform for fostering collaboration, advocating for change, and charting the course toward a stronger, more vibrant labor force. The enthusiasm and dedication demonstrated by IEC members and attendees ensure that next year's event will be an unmissable opportunity to drive the industry forward and collectively strive for excellence.