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ACT Convenes National Workforce Summit

Sessions Focus on Strengthening Local Economic Competitiveness, Improving Employment Base and Workforce Skills

IOWA CITY, Iowa—This week, ACT will be convening workforce professionals, economic developers, educators, industry association members, employers and community leaders at its annual ACT Workforce Summit in Austin, Texas.

The goal of the summit, to be held on November 8-10, is to share information, ideas and best practices that attendees may use to help strengthen the nation’s employment base, ensuring a workforce that can sustain and grow the economy. The focus will be on providing the tools and support that are needed to develop the type of workforce that employers want.

The theme of this year's ACT Workforce Summit is “Connect, Stack and Build.” Attendees will learn the importance of:
  • Connecting with colleagues to share ideas on how to bring employers and job seekers together to grow their communities; 
  • Stacking credentials to help develop and document the skilled workforce communities need to hold a competitive advantage;
  • Building partnerships using the framework developed by ACT to help workforce and economic development groups create the skilled workforce employers need.
The three-day summit will feature numerous sessions on topics such as: developing a skilled workforce, engaging employers, closing the skills gap, skills needed for the future workplace and strategies for increasing job access and economic mobility.

Speakers and presenters at the summit will include former Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, documentary film subject Katrina Gilbert, former US Department of Labor Assistant Secretary Jane Oates, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Vice President Jean Wallace, research scientist Christopher T. King and ACT Chief Commercial Officer Suzana Delanghe.

The summit is available to individuals by registration only.

The ACT Workforce Summit is recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM and is valid for 8.5 PDCs for the main conference and up to an additional 2.25 PDCs for the pre-conference sessions. This activity has met HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

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ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. Headquartered in Iowa City, Iowa, ACT is trusted as a leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in nearly 60 years of research. ACT offers a uniquely integrated set of solutions designed to provide personalized insights that help individuals succeed from elementary school through career.