June 20-23, 2017


Monterey, California


Over 40 Speakers

About This Conference

From June 20-23, 2017, Geographic Solutions will host the 14th Annual Workforce Technology Conference, which will showcase the latest software solutions that aid in the modernization of workforce development and reemployment programs nationwide. The conference gives workforce development staff, administrators, case managers, unemployment insurance professionals, and labor market information specialists the opportunity to learn about web-based systems that can improve agency performance and service delivery.

The 2017 agenda will feature informative presentations by industry leaders and Geographic Solutions staff, as well as discussion groups covering topics such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and partner programs, case management, federal reporting, labor market information, unemployment benefits, and system enhancements. We look forward to seeing you there!



Feel free to utilize the following templates when requesting approval to attend the 2017 Workforce Technology Conference. We have designed letters of approval specific to workforce development and labor market professionals. You may tailor each letter to fit your request.

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Conference Agenda

Draft agenda as of May 02, 2017. Sessions and speakers are subject to change without prior notice.

Staff Speakers

Paul Toomey


Mr. Toomey has over 20 years of experience in information systems, programming, analysis, management and Geographic Information Systems for state and local governments in the U.S. and overseas. He has extensive experience with workforce and LMI solutions, reporting, and data integration for large projects with multiple platforms. He invented several software application concepts that have innovated workforce processes.

Deane Toler

Director of Sales and Marketing

Mr. Toler has over 15 years of experience promoting, developing, and implementing new technologies within service industries. He is an experienced project coordinator with a background in management consulting to one-stop centers and assisting in the transition to Workforce Investment Act initiatives. Mr. Toler's experience includes cultivating strategic community and media relationships to promote the benefits of automated employment and training services to the public.

Rusty Kath

Conference Emcee

Rusty Kath has been entertaining large crowds as a live event host for over a decade. From black-tie galas to calling professional wrestling matches, Rusty’s resume is diverse to say the least. He has also made a name for himself as one of the most sought-after in-arena hosts in sports. Rusty has entertained fans on the video board with the Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Wild and Twins, U.S. Figure Skating, and a bevy of other teams and events. This will be his second year as the emcee for the Workforce Technology Conference.

Shannon Ramaeker

LMI Project Manager

Ms. Ramaeker began her career with the State of Nebraska producing Mass Layoff Statistics and Local Area Unemployment Statistics. In her work with the state, she was responsible for providing regional labor market research and analysis to key stakeholders; including the state Workforce Investment Board, as well as provided oversight for the states, Workforce Information grant and the ARRA Green Jobs LMI Improvement Grant research activities.

Registration is closed for 2017

Hotel and Travel

Located in the heart of historic downtown Monterey and just steps away from the famous Fisherman's Wharf, the Monterey Marriott provides a sparkling view of Monterey Bay and the coastline. The hotel features premier meeting spaces, stylish guest rooms, two onsite restaurants, a heated outdoor pool, whirlpool, day spa, and fitness center.

Room Rate:Room rate: $199.99/night plus taxes and fees. Parking at the hotel is an additional cost. Public parking is also available nearby.

Make Conference Hotel Reservations Online. Or, make reservations by phone (888-789-3090) under the Geographic Solutions room block.

The City of Monterey is located on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on Central California's Pacific Coast. The city had California's first theatre, public building, public library, publicly-funded school, printing press, and newspaper. The city and surrounding area have attracted artists since the late 19th century and many celebrated painters and writers have lived there. Until the 1950s, there was an abundant fishery. Among Monterey's notable present-day attractions are the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row, Fisherman's Wharf, and the annual Monterey Jazz Festival.

Monterey Peninsula Airport (MRY) is located approximately 4 miles (10 minutes) from the conference. Mineta/San Jose International Airport (SJC) is located approximately 75 miles (80 minutes) from the conference. Ground transportation from each airport to the Monterey Marriott is available via a variety of onsite rental car companies, taxis, and shuttle services. At this time, the Marriott does not offer a complimentary shuttle service to/from MRY airport.

Monterey Marriott Hotel Parking: Valet only. $20 per car, per day. Public parking is also available nearby.

Monterey Airbus: Door-to-door service from San Jose International Airport to the conference hotel. The shuttle service also offers service throughout the Monterey peninsula to local businesses, restaurants, marinas, and more. Click here to book online.

Event Location

Monterey Marriott
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940
+1 831-649-4234

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Contact Us

Hallie Leverich-Purvis

Marketing & Communications Team Lead
727-786-7955 ext. 220
Conference Responsibilities:
Agenda Releases
Featured Speaker & VIP Arrangements
Special Events Coordination
Promotional Materials
Social Media/Website Marketing

Holly Morris

Marketing & Communications Specialist
727-786-7955 ext. 546
Conference Responsibilities:
Agenda Releases
Featured Speaker & VIP Arrangements
Special Events Coordination
Promotional Materials
Social Media/Website Marketing

Charlotte Phipps

Marketing Events Coordinator
831-757-4400 ext. 104
Conference Responsibilities:
Hotel Reservations
Featured Speaker & VIP Travel
Special Events Coordination
Food & Beverage Management