Workforce Development Course

September 1, 2021 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

September 2, 2021 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Small Business Development Center

1514 Martens Drive

Hammond, LA 70401

Early Registration until July 30, 2021
LIDEA Members | $200   
Non-Members | $250   
Regular Registration August 1-20, 2021
LIDEA Members | $250  
Non-Members | $300   

When conducting surveys of C-level executives, often through economic development practitioners' Business Retention & Expansion visits, almost without exception they mention their greatest challenge is finding and maintaining a top notch workforce.  This course explains the essential relationship between economic and workforce development through case studies, practical examples, and current research. Course participants will learn what programs currently leverage federal, state, and local financial resources to support workforce development.  The course will also discuss specifics of the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), as well as Louisiana initiatives such as LED’s nationally-recognized FastStart program and the Department of Education’s JumpStart program. 


Course Highlights

  • The core components of the workforce development system and its essential role in economic development

  • Understanding occupational data analysis

  • Assessing qualifications, skills and abilities of current workforce

  • Recruitment and retention of a skilled labor force

  • The role of higher education in workforce and economic development

  • New alliances, new models, federal funding and best practices in regional & local initiatives

  • Future trends in workforce development for the state

Event Location:

Small Business Development Center

1514 Martens Drive

Hammond, LA 70401


Free parking is available on the south and east sides within the facility parking lot.

Event Times:

September 1 - 9am - 5pm

September 2 - 9am - 4:30pm

Hotel Recommendations:

LIDEA recommends the following options as having always provided good service and a reasonable cost:

Courtyard by Marriott

1605 S. Magnolia Street, Hammond, LA 

 Phone: (985) 956-7730

Holiday Inn                          

1819 SW Railroad Avenue, Hammond, LA 

Phone: (985) 662-3877 


Hampton Inn                        

401 Westin Oak Drive, Hammond, LA 

Phone: (985) 419-2188