Got the Date for the Golden Gate

28th Annual Conference

We’re excited to announce that registration is now open for the 28th America’s Job Link Alliance (AJLA) Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA, July 19–22. This year’s conference theme is Collaborate – Create – Captivate, and we’ll be exploring the power of creativity and collaboration to captivate job seekers, employers, staff, and agency partners.

This four-day event begins on Tuesday, July 19, with the Annual Business Meeting, where we will review AJLA business, elect a new AJLA Executive Committee, and discuss product enhancement requests in sub-committee meetings. The following three days are packed with guest speakers and presentations by leaders in workforce development. By the end of the conference, our goal is that you will:

  • Network with speakers and other AJLA members;
  • Discuss WIOA final regulations and updates to TAA, UI, RESEA, and other programs;
  • Learn about upcoming updates and enhancements to AJLA products; and
  • Get inspired by the conference theme, sessions, and new perspectives on workforce issues.

For more reasons to come, and to download a “Convince Your Boss” attendance request letter, visit the About section of the Events page. The Events page also includes a draft of the schedule, hotel reservation information, online registration form, and other great info. The deadline for the AJLA reduced hotel rate is Monday, June 27, so register today! To receive additional updates about the conference and other AJLA events, sign up at We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

Thank You for Your Public Service

Public Service Recognition Week

The first week of May is Public Service Recognition Week, honoring those who work as government employees on the federal, state, county, and local levels. The event has been hosted by the Public Employees Roundtable since 1985, with the purpose of promoting government careers, educating Americans about the importance of public servants, and recognizing outstanding public service (About Us). In proclaiming the celebration of this week, President Barack Obama reminds us that “At the birth of our Nation, our Founders fought to secure a democracy that represents the people, and the civil servants who pour everything they have into making a difference are the individuals who keep that democracy running smoothly and effectively.”

So this week we would like to say thank you to all of our readers who are serving the public, especially those in the workforce industry who work daily to connect job seekers to employers and training providers.

If you’d like to recognize someone in your organization as an outstanding public service employee, we’d love to read about that person in the comments. You can also send a story to be featured in the Faces of Government profiles by emailing