Workforce Development Working Group

We use our bi-monthly workforce development Working Group meetings as a forum to discuss policy and program issues related to creating enhanced employment and training opportunities for disadvantaged job seekers and working poor families. The group identifies opportunities to reform public policies and improve local workforce development programs. Each meeting we have a varied agenda and frequently invite workforce providers and public policy advocates to present. Whether you are interested in opportunities to engage in advocacy, or would like to learn more about effective employment and training programs, the Working Group can serve as a useful resource.

To review handouts from all past meetings, click here.


Annually, more than 100 community-based advocates and providers participate in our Workforce Development Working Group. You can attend the meeting as a CJC member or other community stakeholder committed to ensuring access to employment and career advancement opportunities for people in poverty.

Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, August 13, 2014  | 8:30 – 11:00am (8:30 – 9:00 Networking | 9:00 – 11:00 Working Group)
Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago | 320 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago (Free street parking nearby!)


Planning for Progress
Jennifer Miller | Program Manager | Cook County Dept. of Planning & Development
Cook County is the largest county in the state, encompassing the City of Chicago and 130 incorporated municipalities. The County has embarked upon an important strategic planning process: Planning for Progress. This process will lead to the development of a new Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The County is partnering with CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program to capitalize on these planning efforts, achieving countywide and sub-regional goals that will provide a higher quality of life for its residents, workers, and visitors.

Representatives from the County’s Department of Planning and Development and CMAP would like to gather feedback from providers related to the County’s potential investments (including business and workforce development) as they move forward with this plan. Please join us to provide feedback and to learn more about this plan. Click here for more information on Planning for Progress.

WIOA Updates
Carrie Thomas | Associate Director | Chicago Jobs Council
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) passed with overwhelming support in both the U.S. House and Senate and was signed by President Obama earlier this month. Join us to learn more about WIOA and how it will impact Illinois.

Illinois Secure Savings Choice Program
Lena Silver | Staff Attorney | Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Lena will present information about the Illinois Secure Savings Choice Program, which is a simple, low cost solution that will provide the retirement security that Illinoisans need.

Please bring information that you would like to share with Working Group participants. We will have a table for handouts and an opportunity for brief announcements at the end of the meeting.

Changes to Working Group

Beginning in August 2014, the following changes will be made to our Working Group meetings:
  • Working group will be held bi-monthly on the second Wednesday of every other month
  • Meetings will be held from 8:30 – 11:00am (8:30 – 9:00 Networking | 9:00 – 11:00 Working Group)
  • Meetings will take place at a new location: the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC) – 320 N. Damen Avenue, Chicago. This new location has free parking available, is off the #50 Damen CTA bus route, and is approximately 7 blocks from the Ashland Green/Pink Line CTA station.

During Working Group’s off months, CJC’s Frontline Focus Training Institute will hold its bi-monthly Frontline Workforce Association (FWA) meetings at the same time and location. These meetings are also free and open to all who are interested!

For your convenience, here are the scheduled Working Group and FWA meetings for the remainder of 2014 (all held from 8:30 – 11:00am at ICNC and agenda topics are TBD):

  • Wednesday, August 13: Working Group Meeting
  • Wednesday, September 10: FWA Meeting
  • Wednesday, October 8: Working Group Meeting
  • Wednesday, November 12: FWA Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 10: Working Group Meeting

Past Meetings

Review handouts from all past meetings.



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