PEDA - Pennsylvania Economic Development Association

Preconference Session: Closing the Loop Between Workforce & Economic Development - New Opportunities Under WIOA

  • 04/11/2016
  • 2:00 PM - 5:15 PM
  • Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. Second St. Harrisburg, PA 17101


Preconference Session: Closing the Loop Between Workforce & Economic Development - New Opportunities Under WIOA

You can download the registration brochure here.

This session is recognized by PEDA and by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Institute.

Ensuring that employers have access to a skilled workforce is one of the most critical factors in employers' decision to locate and stay in a community. In 2015, Congress passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act which codifies into law workforce system reforms to create a 21st century workforce. This law, passed with overwhelming bipartisan majorities, is helping transform federally funded job training programs across the country to ensure everyone can get the skills and training they need to punch their ticket to the middle class.

The law aligns Federal resources to strengthen one stop service centers, focuses these resources strongly on supporting sector strategies, and strengthens community driven workforce investment boards. The law presents a unique opportunity for economic development practitioners to design an employer focused workforce system in their communities. Workforce boards are expected to begin strategic planning, build and strengthen partnerships, reassess the One-Stop system, enhance accountability systems, and more.

PEDA has assembled an expert panel representing Federal, state and local government to discuss the new law, as well as the vision for linking workforce development and economic development. The session will provide not only vision, but practical actions economic development practitioners can take to aid the transformation of local workforce systems


Leo Miller joined the US Department of Labor (DOL) in 2000, after serving for as the Deputy Director for Workforce Development in a five county economic development agency in rural Pennsylvania. While in this position, Leo guided the region through the legislative transition required by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), and coordinated the opening of four one stop service centers. He joined DOL to assist states in their efforts in transitioning from the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) to WIA, and spent two years working with states to resolve transition issues.  Leo has spent 15 years working with grantees in the areas of performance and financial compliance, program innovation and design, and has led several national workgroups aimed at infusing the system with innovative and customer focused practices. Leo also served as the Director for Discretionary Investments for the DOL Philadelphia Office, supporting the work of nearly 200 discretionary grants aimed at youth, ex-offenders, older workers, and individuals facing serious barriers to employment. Much of this work has involved coordination with partners outside of DOL. Leo is currently the Regional Administrator for the DOL Employment and Training Administration’s Philadelphia Regional Office.

Carol Kilko joined the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) in June of 2015 as the Special Assistant, Agency Development Initiatives for the Executive Office.  In this capacity, Carol serves as the agency liaison for all workforce development issues and is the training coordinator for all DCED staff professional development.  Carol is responsible for the strong working relationship with all DCED partners to ensure business workforce development needs are identified and addressed. 

This is Carol’s second term with DCED as she worked with the Governor’s Action Team and DCED’s Business Retention Program from 2000-2006.

But most recently, from April 2006 until June of 2015, Carol served as the Director of Training Services for the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS).  As the Director, Carol managed an extensive training program providing local government officials education in all aspects of their daily responsibilities.     

Carol holds a Master’s in Public Administration and a Bachelors of Public Policy from Penn State University. 

Frank Thompson has been with the Northern Tier Regional Planning and Development Commission since 1998 and has served as the Northern Tier Workforce Board Director for the past 13 years. The board is responsible for the region’s one-stop system, Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act, Department of Human Services training programs as well multiple state workforce projects. He previously served in economic development as the program manager for special projects and the business calling program. 

Frank earned his Bachelor’s Degree in English and History from Bucknell University. Prior to coming to the Northern Tier, he worked at Lehigh University.

Frank serves on the boards of directors and advisory boards for the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association, Wyalusing Area Education Foundation, and the occupational advisory committees for numerous school districts and career and tech centers.

Patrick Clancy is currently the Special Advisor to the Secretary of Human Services for Employment and Training Programs. In this position, Patrick has played an active role in assisting the Governor's Policy team and other agencies develop a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state plan. Prior to this position, Patrick has over 20+ years of  experience developing and managing workforce development programs for local Workforce Development Boards in Southeast PA. Patrick was also the Executive Director of the TAACCT I grant awarded to the Community College of Philadelphia from the US DOL. Prior to joining the State of PA, Patrick was the Director of Workforce Initiatives for the Goodwill of Delaware and Delaware County. Patrick is a graduate of La Salle University with a BS in Human Resource Management.

Carrie Amann began her career in workforce development administering sector-strategies at the local and state level managing nearly $30 million in funds. Mrs. Amann became Special Assistant for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry on the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA), where she oversaw the Department's planning and implementation activities for the +$100 million in special ARRA funds. At the conclusion of the ARRA funding, Carrie moved to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections as Executive Policy and Grants Specialist. She directly oversees the Department's grant activities and was the driving force in planning and writing the largest grant award in the Department's history with a $1m grant from the US Department of Education to implement career pathways behind the prison walls. Carrie has an undergraduate degree in Policy Studies from Dickinson College and a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. She currently resides in South Central Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter.

Stephanie Larkin currently serves as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board. Ms. Larkin was appointed to the position in May 2012 and serves at the will of the governor.

Ms. Larkin previously served as Government Affairs Director for the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association and the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, where she lobbied the General Assembly and administration on issues of concern to the associations’ varied business members. Her primary issue responsibilities were taxation, labor policy and education issues. 

Ms. Larkin holds a B.A. in Political Science/International Studies from York College of Pennsylvania, and an A.A. in Communications from Harrisburg Area Community College.

Attention Certified Providers: This course is approved to provide 3.00 organizational PDUs (Workforce Development) as explained in the Guidelines for Certification of Economic Development Organizations issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and in the Institute’s Policies and Procedures.

*Note: We reserve the right to reschedule or cancel this offering.  In the event of a cancellation, a refund will be provided to registrants.

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