Cities, Counties Prep for Satellite Broadcast

The National League of Cities on April 29 will host a satellite broadcast to educate city and county officials about how they can use the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to attract new business and develop a more skilled work force. The broadcast, held in conjunction with the National Association of Counties, will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EDT). For more information about the broadcast, visit www.nlc.org.

WIA, which was signed into law last summer by President Clinton, provides the framework for a new national work-force development system. The law also is designed to help city officials develop flexible employment training programs based on their needs, resources and goals.

More than 180 sites around the country have registered as downlink sites, with some states having a dozen or more sites receiving the broadcast. The two-hour broadcast will include two 20-minute question-and-answer periods during which audience members can phone -- (800) 966-0894 -- or fax -- (202) 775-1288 -- in their questions.

Speakers will include U.S. Labor Department Secretary Alexis Herman via videotape; Deputy Labor Secretary Ray Uhalde; NLC president and South Bay, Fla., Mayor Clarence Anthony; and Union County, Pa., Commissioner Harry VanSickle. Sens. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) and Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) also have been invited to speak.

-- Meg Misenti (mmisenti@civic.com)

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