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Our last year at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes; October 22-23, 2024
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WORKing Together Conference

in support of Oregon’s workforce!

Workforce is a major and complex topic. In order to ensure that Oregonians have the skills to meet the needs of Oregon business, we need to establish even more effective partnerships and reimagine our understanding of education and work. The Oregon Workforce Partnership provides leadership that promotes and advances Oregon’s workforce system.

The WORKing Together 2024 Conference will be held October 22-23, 2024 at the Riverhouse in Bend. The conference will bring together over 500 Oregon businesses, educators, public agency leaders, community-based organizations, elected officials, and workforce professionals to explore local, state, and national best practices, emerging workforce trends, and innovative solutions.

Stay tuned here to witness the conversations, updates, and big-picture thinking that will help shape workforce solutions in Oregon. Click on the link below to add your name to our 2024 invitation list.

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the agenda

Day 1 – Tuesday October 22

7:00am – Registration & Breakfast

8:30am – Welcome

8:45am – Keynote; Shari Dunn

9:30am – Economist; Josh Lehner

10:45am – Concurrent Sessions I

11:45am – Lunch

1:15pm – Concurrent Sessions II

2:45pm – General Session

3:00pm – WIOA Reauthorization

4:00pm – Networking Reception

the agenda

Day 2 – Wednesday October 23

7:30am – Registration & Breakfast

8:30am – General Session

8:45am – Keynote; Mike Fazio

9:45am – Concurrent Sessions III

11:15am – Concurrent Sessions IV

2024 Exhibitors

frequently asked questions

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Our conference is dedicated to strengthening Oregon’s workforce landscape! This conference is a crucial platform for fostering effective partnerships and reimagining the intersection of education and work to empower Oregonians with the skills needed to drive the state’s economic growth. Organized by the Oregon Workforce Partnership, this conference is set to make a lasting impact on the future of workforce development in the region.

The Riverhouse at the Deschutes, 3075 N Hwy 97, Bend, OR 97703.

Our reserved block at the Riverhouse has been sold out.

Red Lion Inn, 15 NE Butler Market Rd, Bend, OR 97703

We have a small block of rooms at the Red Lion that will not last long!

We recommend finding your own accommodations directly with the hotels or seeking out an Airbnb or VRBO.

The conference aims to bring together an eclectic mix of participants, including:

  • Oregon business leaders
  • Educators and education administrators
  • Public agency executives
  • Community-based organizations
  • Elected officials
  • Workforce professionals

Plan to be comfortable and in business casual attire. Please be mindful of the weather in Bend during January.

Exploring Best Practices: Delve into local, state, and national best practices that are shaping the landscape of workforce development. Engage in discussions that promote collaboration and innovation.

Emerging Workforce Trends: Gain insights into the latest trends and developments in the workforce sector. Stay ahead of the curve by understanding the evolving needs of Oregon’s workforce.

Innovative Solutions: Discover groundbreaking solutions that are revolutionizing the way we approach workforce challenges. Embrace innovative strategies that bridge the gap between education and industry.

Early bird registration is $345. Regular registration is $445 per person.

All meals are complementary, including the reception on the evening of day 1. Breakfast and snacks will be provided on the final day of the conference.

Tickets are non-refundable, but can be transferred to another person attending in your place.

Yes! Please contact Georgia Conrad, at for more information regarding sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities.

Yes, we will have a program for conference attendees to use during the conference as well as an accompanying conference app.

Yes! Just as your organization changes yearly, so does the WORKing Together Conference to meet ever-changing needs. This year’s conference is in-person and better than ever! We will showcase engaging workshops, dynamic exhibitors, networking opportunities, and statewide leaders in workforce. Come to learn and have fun too!

Be prepared and download the event app ahead of time! Stay up to date, connect with other attendees and visit our exhibitors all from the app.

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last year’s highlights


the venue

The conference is located in the conference center of the Riverhouse on the Deschutes. Immerse yourself in the unparalleled beauty of picturesque Central Oregon at Riverhouse on the Deschutes. Our re-imagined hotel in Bend, Oregon has been completely redesigned to provide guests with modern sophistication and world-class amenities. A relaxing location on the banks of the Deschutes River is just a preview of the natural beauty and untamed wilderness that surrounds us, beckoning for outdoor pursuits. Our room block is popular, make your reservations promptly to be sure you get a room.

We recommend the Red Lion Inn across the street for overflow.

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