2018 Workforce Technology Conference

Thank you to all who attended the 2018 Workforce Technology Conference. Registration for the 2019 Conference will open shortly. Join us in Monterey, California from June 18-21, 2019.

About This Conference

From June 19-22, 2018, Geographic Solutions will host the 15th Annual Workforce Technology Conference, highlighting online software solutions developed for job seekers, employers, state and local workforce staff, labor market analysts, economic development professionals, career counselors, and training providers across the country.

The 2018 agenda will feature informative presentations by industry leaders and Geographic Solutions staff, as well as discussion groups covering topics including:

  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act
  • State and federal workforce programs
  • Case management
  • Labor market information
  • Mobile applications
  • Unemployment benefits and tax
  • Career tools for students
  • Staff efficiency tools
  • Specialty portals
  • Performance reporting

The conference will also offer optional pre-conference training sessions on the newest versions of our workforce development and labor market solutions. Join us in Clearwater Beach as we showcase the latest tools designed to improve performance, enhance service delivery, and increase customer satisfaction.


Feel free to utilize the following templates when requesting approval to attend the 2018 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

Conference agenda as of 6/12/2018.

Staff Speakers

Paul Toomey


Mr. Toomey has over 25 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 third 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.


Conference Training

The Latest in
Virtual OneStop Reporting

Held on June 19th -
Registration closes June 1, 2018 or when capacity is filled.

Conference Training

Labor Market Tools
in Virtual OneStop

Held on June 19th -
Registration closes June 1, 2018 or when capacity is filled.


Late Registration
through June 8, 2018

Hotel and Travel

Overlooking Clearwater's pristine sugar-white sand and azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the brand new Wyndham Clearwater Beach Resort is sure to please. The resort's 15-story tower offers guests a breathtaking view of the water and nearby marina and is located just steps away from a wide variety of dining and entertainment options. Come see what America's Best Beach has to offer!

Room Rate: $199.99/night plus taxes and fees. Parking at the hotel is an additional cost.

Make Conference Hotel Reservations online by visiting https://aws.passkey.com/go/GeographicSolutions or by phone 727-281-9536. Please book your room under the Geographic Solutions room block.

* As standard practice, the Wyndham Grand charges an incidentals hold of $100.00 for the duration of your stay. Guests will notice a credit card authorization charge of the room rate, taxes, plus a $100.00 incidental hold charge. Barring that there are no incidental charges, the hold will be released at checkout or shortly after, depending on form of payment. Please note that guests who charge more than $100.00 on site at the hotel’s bar or restaurant will notice an additional $100.00 incidentals room charge. If you have questions regarding your hotel stay, please contact Charlotte Phipps

Take advantage of the great location and explore all the area has to offer – from award-winning beaches just steps away to popular nearby attractions and dining adventures.

Tampa International Airport (TPA) is located approximately 20 miles (40 minutes) from the hotel. St. Petersburg / Clearwater International Airport is approximately 12 miles (20 minutes) away. Conference attendees will be responsible for their own ground transportation to and from the local airports.

Wyndham Clearwater Beach Resort Parking: $20 overnight / $10 daily. Public parking is also available at an hourly rate. The Wyndham does not have a dedicated shuttle service to and from the Tampa International Airport (TPA) and the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport (PIE). * Please note that the Wyndham Clearwater Beach Resort does not have a dedicated shuttle service available. Please call ahead to confirm availability for rental cars, shuttle services, or utilize a taxi, Lyft, or Uber service.

Event Location

Wyndham Clearwater Beach Resort
110 Coronado Drive
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

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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