Thank you for your interest in NLC’s Future of Work and Workers project. In responding to the impact of COVID-19 and public health recommendations, we are evaluating the feasibility of an in-person convening in June.  We are making revisions to our work plan for this summer and beyond, and at the same time we recognize the devastating impact that this virus is having on the very people we seek to impact with this project, including low wage workers, gig workers, tipped workers, home health providers, childcare providers, and anyone in the hospitality and restaurant industry.

We are working to adjust our project plan to respond to this new reality; more information will be provided soon. In the meantime, please feel free to contact Jenn Steinfeld, Director of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, at or 202-869-1889.


The nature of work is changing rapidly due to globalization, the growing economic role of financial markets, and new and emerging technologies. These changes could pose serious challenges to the workforce. It is up to local leaders to ensure that everyone has access to secure, high-quality employment opportunities.

NLC is partnering with the Ford Foundation on a pilot initiative to help cities navigate these shifts. In 2020, we’ll be challenging cities to join the initiative and commit to policies, practices and programs that will support the future workforce. If you’re interested in participating in the program, please fill out the initial interest form.

The official application process will kick off soon. Fill out the interest form to be the first to learn when the application opens!

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