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February 10, 2014

Iowa Association of Workforce Partner (AIWP) Conference

by Elaine Cook

Consider attending the Iowa Association of Workforce Partner (AIWP) Conference on April 3 & 4, 2014.  This is a great conference and well worth the time. Many national known speakers will be presenting! Scroll below for more details:

aiwp conference

Registration is now open for the 13th Annual Association of Iowa Workforce Partners Conference, the primary professional development opportunity for workforce professionals in Iowa.As the people on the ground serving jobseekers, youth, and employers in communities across Iowa, you know the economy is changing. Students and jobseekers need real skills for the real world – a world where middle-skill jobs are going unfilled because employers can’t find people with the right training.

You play a critical role in closing the skills gap. Join us at the conference to learn trends, gain tools, network with peers, and connect with resources to help you serve customers and strengthen Iowa’s workforce.

Youth program providers & educators: Take advantage of the Youth Track, a special workshop series just for you.

Click here for a general agenda. Session descriptions and speaker biographies will be posted as they are finalized.


  • Opening Keynote by Empact (the organization behind the Extreme Entrepreneurship program) on incorporating an entrepreneurial mindset and skills in workforce training
  • Closing Keynote by Iowa speaker Brenda Clark Hamilton: “‘Recalculating!’ Skills for When Life’s GPS Takes an Unexpected Turn”
  • Workshops on marketing your services to engage clients, integrated business services, addressing employee disengagement, “Thinkership,” serving veterans, and more
  • An offender simulation – experience the employment barriers faced by people coming out of the corrections system to help you serve them effectively
  • YOUTH TRACK: More on entrepreneurship from Empact and the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship; motivating youth and addressing work apathy; trends for careers in advanced manufacturing; and more

Participant Registration

  • Full Conference: $140 for AIWP members (staff of AIWP member organizations and Iowa Workforce Development); $175 for non-members
  • Thursday, April 3 only: $95
  • Friday, April 4 only: $75

West Des Moines Marriott

1250 Jordan Creek Parkway

West Des Moines, IA 50266


Rooms are available at the West Des Moines Marriott for $112 per night (April 2 and 3). To secure this special rate, call 866-202-9771 and mention the Association of Iowa Workforce Partners Annual Conference to make your hotel reservation by March 12. (After March 12, the special rate is subject to availability.)


This is an exceptional conference… so consider attending it if you can!!  Hope to see you there!

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