DDAA Professional Development Winter Seminars



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Professional Development Seminars

The Development District Association of Appalachia is offering three training classes taught by industry professionals to help build and develop your skills.

Rural Workforce Development Systems and Practices

December 1, December 6, December 8, 2022

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM ET

Hosted on Zoom

You are warmly invited to a series of virtual trainings that will help your community learn from and implement best practices in rural workforce development. The training will be especially useful for workforce development program managers and associated staff at local development districts. Goals of the training include:

  • Provide a systematic overview/approach to workforce development— geared to both experienced workforce development professionals and LDD staff that are just entering the space.
  • Provide attendees an understanding of core workforce system components like WIOA, funding opportunities, and key institutional partners.
  • Provide overview of key strategies for preparing and connecting rural workers to employers paying living wages in their communities.
  • Understand global, national, and industry-specific trends affecting businesses and the workforce — with a special focus on technology change and emerging skill requirements.


Allan Freyer, PhD, Principal, Peregrine Strategies

Elizabeth Standafer, PhD, Work-based Learning and Career Development Consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Allison Forbes, PhD, Vice President of Research, Center of Regional Economic Competitiveness

In-Person Seminars – Register for Both and Save

New Executive Director Training

Human Resource Strategies

for LDD Directors

December 12, 2022

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET

Gainesville, GA 30503

December 13, 2022

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET

Gainesville, GA 30503

New executive directors (less than 3 years in role) are warmly invited to attend a training summit to hone your organizational skills and managerial vision. You’ll network with other new executives while learning the ropes from seasoned DDAA leadership!

Agenda topics include:

  • Relationship Building: Board & legislator relations
  • Financial Management: Budgeting, indirect costs, understanding audits
  • Organizational Leadership: Bylaws, organizational charts, staffing plans
  • Executive Strategy: Vision setting, ethics, marketing—“telling your story and building reputation”

Are you passionate about your team’s growth and professional development? DDAA executives are warmly invited to attend an in-person human resources workshop December 13th. At this workshop you will:

  • Learn the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), succession planning, and multi-generational work teams
  • Receive a toolkit to help you better communicate with your team
  • Walk away with actionable intel and ideas to help meet your HR executive goals


Matt Vaadi, CEO, guHRoo