Register for the 2019 ACT Workforce Summit 

Foster vibrant partnerships. Sustain a robust workforce. Make an impact on your community. Attend the 2019 ACT Workforce Summit.

Join us in the beautiful historic city of Charlotte, North Carolina – known for strong economic development and southern charm. We’ll assemble experts like you from business, education, workforce, Work Ready Communities, and economic development looking to gain a competitive advantage in the race to produce a highly skilled workforce. Together, we can celebrate our collective potential to develop a qualified and more innovative workforce, foster business and economic growth, and help build stronger communities.

Attendees will Get the Inside Track to grow communities and sustain a robust workforce through a diverse set of topics including: career readiness and work-based learning, business and employer strategies, collaboration and partnerships, and so much more!

Plan your trip to Charlotte.

2019 ACT Workforce Summit

  • When: October 28-30, 2019
  • Where: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Who: Educators, Workforce and Economic Developers, Work Ready Community Leaders, Employers, Human Resource Professionals, Industry Partners, and more

Don’t forget to join the conversation before the event. The community is always tweeting #ACTWorkforce. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Why Attend?

Workforce Development is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Industry 

As you know, workforce development is so much more than just employers and job seekers. The charge is wide and deep, and ACT understands that challenge. The ACT Workforce Summit is a one-of-a-kind annual event designed to assemble the many different stakeholders involved in workforce development. When we come together to connect and share different perspectives, everyone walks away armed with practical takeaways and insight to improve their community.


Six Reasons to Attend the 2019 ACT Workforce Summit:

Get the inside track in a growing, thriving city. Fast-track your knowledge in NASCAR's hometown. Charlotte has experienced amazing growth in workforce and economic development, it's surrounded by top-ranked colleges and universities, the second largest city for banking and finance industry and home to thriving startup, tech and business communities.

Hear from the best and brightest in the industry. A dynamic speaker lineup brings together experts and innovators evolving the way we develop talent and foster thriving communities. 

Discover the latest trends and tools for workforce development. We’ll tackle a wide range of topics from upskilling and reskilling, the future of workforce, essential skills, work-based learning, career readiness, and more! New this year will be TED Talk-style presentations “FRED Talks”! Get the Inside Track from ACT experts on innovative solutions designed to meet today’s crucial workforce challenges.

Connect with your peers in the workforce ecosystem. Make the most of your professional development and training with like-minded individuals who understand your challenges. Employers, educators, economic development and WRC members come together in one location.

Meet the ACT Workforce community. Our team will be on-site in Charlotte to help you make the most of your experience and provide the scoop on what's new regarding all things #ACTWorkforce.

Build a better workforce. This three-day event is just the beginning. You'll leave the 2019 Summit feeling energized with fresh ideas and new additions to your toolkit. Get inspired and take action items and new strategies back to your team to help your community thrive and prosper.

See What Past Attendees Have to Say

Andy Hepburn, Chief Innovation Officer for GPS Education Partners in Wisconsin

Denny Smith, Directing of Testing and Assessment at Calhoun Community College in Alabama 

Rohina Behrmann, Director of Employment Services at The Full Employment Council in Missouri 

Troy Roland, Functional Manager of the Missouri Job Centers in Joplin, Monett, and Neosho

Chris Manheim, President of Manheim Solutions in Illinois

Justify Your Trip – Join us at the 2019 ACT Workforce Summit

Although time is limited and budgets are tight, we know that the annual Workforce Summit is worth your time. We want to help you get approval to attend #ACTWorkforce Summit. We put together some details and a template to help you solicit approval from your supervisor. Feel confident communicating that ACT Workforce Summit is:

  • A unique gathering of the best in the business – collaboration and partnerships are the name of the game. Expand your network by getting out of town and heading to the Summit.
  • Three full days of learning – take advantage of free pre-conference workshops and over 30 different sessions covering a wide range of topics.
  • Built around human connections that last – learn from over 500 professionals living across the country who tackle the same issues you face every day. Hear their stories and learn from their best practices. Don’t forget to share yours, too.
  • In Charlotte, North Carolina – it’s affordable by plane and within a day’s drive from much of the east coast and south. Benefit from lower travel expenses than major US metros.

Below is a downloadable letter we wrote to help you justify your trip. Fill in the missing areas to personalize your letter, send it to your manager, and you’re all set.

Don’t forget to join the conversation before the event. The community is always tweeting #ACTWorkforce. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

For more information about the ACT Workforce Summit, please contact Liz Conlon at or 319.337.1312.