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Beacon of Resiliency: Setting the Standard for Workforce Development Boards’ Disaster Response
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When: Thursday, January 9, 2020

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The Beacon of Resiliency: Setting the Standard for Workforce Development Boards’ Disaster Response  Convening will be held January 8-9, 2020 at the Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf and Spa Resort in Panama City Beach, FL.


The deadline to register is January 2, 2020.


Join workforce development boards from across the country to share promising practices and here from key agencies, national organizations, and businesses who are invested in helping workforce development boards and local communities rebound and rebuild after a natural disaster.


Registration Fee  NAWB Members:$50.00.  Nonmembers: $200.00.  To receive the members only discount you MUST be logged in to your account.  


If you are a Nonmember and interested in taking advantage of the membership rate, please visit NAWB Membership or contact Shelina Taylor at


A welcome and networking reception on Wednesday evening and event lunch will be provided. 


For more information, contact Kelly Middleton Banks at or Shelina Taylor at





Wednesday January 8


1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Optional Tour of Areas Impacted by Hurricane Irma and Michael – Port Panama City, Bay City Medical, and Callaway, FL

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception



Thursday, January 9


8:00 AM – 8:45 AM

Breakfast on Your Own

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM

Welcome and Setting the Stage

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Up for the Task – Supporting First Responders in Critical and Non-Critical Times

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Networking Break

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Facing Disaster – Workforce Development Boards’ Response and Resiliency in the Face of Natural Disasters

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Economic Resiliency – Preparing Your Community for Disaster Response and Leveraging Resources to Rebuild

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Networking Lunch

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Rebuilding the Community Through Skills Development

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Networking Break

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Rising to the Challenge - Operationalizing WDBs’ Response to Natural Disasters

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Close Out and Wrap Up


Travel and Logistics Information


Hotel Information


Sheraton Panama City Beach Golf & Spa Resort

4114 Jan Cooley Drive

Panama City Beach, Florida 32408

Rate: $141 USD per night


Deadline to reserve a room at the event rate is December 30, 2019.


Book your group rate for National Association of Workforce Boards


Hotel Discounts (Need to make reservation and mention NAWB for discounts)


Golf:  $50.00 green fee, cart and unlimited range balls


Spa:   excluding Saturday, 20% discount.  Service charge of 20% based on non-discounted price. Spa is very busy, and has reservations through December, so call early to reserve your time.







Airport and Airline Information

Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (Airport Code: ECP)

Located 18 miles north of Panama City, Florida


Local Transportation

Airport transportation listing


Estimated Taxi (One Way)             $65.00

Estimated Uber (One Way)            $45.00


Panama City Beach Visitors’ Guide



Captain Anderson’s Marina


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