2018 Workforce Development Symposium

2018 Workforce Development Symposium


**Now October 29-30, 2018 (postponed from September 12-13 due to Hurricane Florence)
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street | Columbia, SC


Recruitment, training, and retention of qualified employees are frequently identified as issues impacting business growth in South Carolina. This year's Workforce Development Symposium will expand on 2017's offerings to include concurrent sessions that offer insight on innovative workforce development, best practices and resources that will help stakeholders build a strong talent pipeline. Business and industry representatives, economic and workforce development professionals, and key stakeholders are encouraged to attend this event. The Symposium is a partnership between the SC Chamber of Commerce, the SC Department of Employment and Workforce, the SC Technical College System, and the State Workforce Development Board.


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2018 Workforce Innovator Award Winners

Registration Fees:

S.C. Chamber Member, Government or Nonprofit Employee:
One day: $175
Both days: $250

* Members receive a $20 early-bird discount before August 13*

One day: $225
Both days: $350
Cancellation Policy

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved for event attendees at the Hilton Columbia Center ($139/night + tax).  Rooms must be reserved by calling the hotel and mentioning the group name "Workforce Development Symposium" or group code "C-WDS" or at this link. The rates will be active through October 14, 2018. 

Various sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. View sponsor levels here.  Please contact Sunny Philips at 803.255.2543 for more information.


Thank you to our Co-hosts and Sponsors


Presenting Sponsor


Gold Sponsor

Geographic Solutions

Bronze Sponsor

MAU Workforce Solutions


Click to see more pictures from last year's Workforce Development Symposium below.


2017 Workforce Symposium