Building a Healthy, Supported, and Trained Workforce: How ARPA Can Help Your Community Invest in Worker Education and Training

Time: 10:15 am - 11:30 am

Date: March 14, 2022

Location: Independence Salons ABC


• Learn more about how ARPA and other federal grant funds can support local education and workforce development.
• Identify points of contact at key federal agencies for follow-up about your community’s priorities and needs.
• Find out how other cities are deploying federal funds to build a well-trained, equitable workforce.

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides new ways to invest in a healthier, well-trained, more equitable workforce. Notably, the law provides for investments across the education and training continuum, from early childhood through K-12 and postsecondary education. The goal is to support communities to fill emerging jobs, assure family-sustaining wages, and, ultimately, achieve economic mobility. In this session with agency representatives and city leaders, participants will learn more about workforce investments made possible by ARPA’s State and Local Recovery Fund (SLFRF), as well as other federal grant programs.


  • Robin Fernkas Deputy Administrator - U.S. Department of Labor/ETA
  • Kim Vitelli Administrator, Office of Workforce Investment - USDOL/ETA
  • Jessica Cardichon Deputy Assistant Secretary, P-12 Education - U.S. Department of Education
  • Gale Brewer
  • View full profile for Dr. John PalmieriDr. John Palmieri Senior Medical Advisor - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)