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America's Job Link Alliance invites you to its 2018 Spring Meeting. Join the AJLA Steering Committee, AJLA–TS staff, and local workforce development leaders in Kansas City, Missouri, to:

  • Learn more about the Alliance and its cutting-edge IT systems;
  • Exchange best practices with peers from across the country; and
  • Hear presentations from local and national subject matter experts on the latest topics in workforce development.
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    The Marriot Country Club Plaza is approximately 35 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI) and is located on the Kansas City Country Club Plaza, one of KC’s most popular attractions. The hotel features the Main Street Grill, which is open for breakfast and lunch, the M.I. Greatroom, which offers dinner and drinks, and the Café Express, an on-site coffee house. Additional amenities include a 24-hr fitness center, business center, and beauty shop.

    To reserve your room by phone, call 1-800-810-3708. Callers must identify themselves as being with America's Job Link Alliance to qualify for the group rate of $121/per night (plus applicable taxes and fees). Please follow the steps below to book within our group block online:

    1. Click here for your online registration.
    2. Select stay dates.
    3. Select “Special Rates” and choose “Group Code."
    4. Enter ajlajla for a room with a king-size bed or ajlajlb for a room with two queen beds. (If you receive a notification that the room type you selected is unavailable, try the second room type.)

    The deadline to book your room at the preferred rate is Tuesday, March 27.

    Transportation Image

    The Marriott Country Club Plaza is about 23 miles from the Kansas City International Airport (MCI). The hotel does not provide shuttle service, and taxis from the airport to the hotel run around $65.

    Self-parking: $17 daily
    Valet parking:$21 daily

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    Kansas City is home to more than just barbeque and baseball. The Marriot Country Club Plaza is on the doorstep of the Country Club Plaza, 15 blocks of designer stores, local boutiques, and fine dining. Those interested in art will love that the Nelson Atkins Museum and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art are right around the corner from the Marriot Country Club Plaza. Music lovers can visit the historic 18th and Vine district to take in some live music or stop by the American Jazz Museum. Start planning your free time.

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    Kansas City is known for its spicy-sweet barbeque and KC strip steaks: try Jack Stack for great local BBQ or the Plaza III for a quality steak dinner. Those not in the mood for BBQ need not be worried, for the Country Club Plaza caters to a variety of palates and price ranges. Check out what’s new in Kansas City cuisine.

    EJ’s Urban Eatery EJ’s Urban Eatery EJ’s Urban Eatery EJ’s Urban Eatery EJ’s Urban Eatery

    EJ’s Urban Eatery
    1414 W 9th St
    Kansas City, MO 64101
    (816) 491-8262
    www.ejsurbaneatery.com

    Messenger Coffee Messenger Coffee Messenger Coffee Messenger Coffee Messenger Coffee

    Messenger Coffee Co. + Ibis Bakery
    1624 Grand Blvd.
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    www.messengercoffee.co

    Corvino Supper Club Corvino Supper Club Corvino Supper Club Corvino Supper Club Corvino Supper Club

    Corvino Supper Club & Tasting Room
    1830 Walnut Street
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    www.corvino.com

    The Antler Room The Antler Room The Antler Room The Antler Room The Antler Room

    The Antler Room
    2506 Holmes St
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    www.theantlerroomkc.com

    Osterio Il Centro Osterio Il Centro Osterio Il Centro Osterio Il Centro Osterio Il Centro
    Osteria Il Centro
    5101 Main Street

    Kansas City, MO 64112
    (816) 561-2369
    www.osteriailcentro.com

    Webster House Webster House Webster House Webster House Webster House

    Webster House
    1644 Wyandotte Street
    Kansas City, MO 64108
    (816) 221-4713
    www.websterhousekc.com

    Agenda Image

    Wednesday

    7:30   –   8:30   CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
    8:30   –   8:45   Welcome from the Chair and AJLA–TS Director, Approve Minutes from Winter Meeting – Jay Bassett, AJLA Chair; Christine Bohannon, Director, AJLA–TS
    8:45   –   9:15   Customer Relations Update – Joy Bancroft, Instructional Designer, AJLA–TS
    Preview the new Subscriber Handbook and get updates on user guides.
    9:15   –   9:45   She Blinded Me with Data Science! – Kylie Grater, UX/UI Designer, AJLA–TS
    Discover the benefits of site analytics and how metrics create design solutions.
    9:45   –   10:00   BREAK
    10:00   –   11:00   RSI - DWG Webinar - Workforce GPS
    11:00   –   11:30   USDOL/VETS Update – Francheska Atchison, USDOL/VETS
    Get the latest from USDOL/VETS.
    11:30   –   1:00   LUNCH (on your own)
    1:00   –   1:30   NASWA Legislative Update – Pam Gerassimedes, NASWA
    Get an up-to-the-minute briefing of the major activities in Congress affecting the workforce system.
    1:30 2:00   Meet n' Greet: An AJLA Speed Dating Adventure
    Spend 4-min Q&A sessions with AJLA–TS subject matter experts. Topics include marketing, UX/UI, security, RapidStorm Project, Legacy Project, Rewrite Project, reporting, Agile, Redmine, and user testing.
    2:00   –   2:30   Rewrite Updates – Brooke Patterson, Business Systems Analyst Manager, AJLA–TS
    Get updates on progress and discuss next steps in the project.
    2:30   –   2:45   BREAK
    2:45   –   3:15   Effectiveness Serving Employers – Mel Manry, Business Analyst, AJLA–TS
    Discuss progress on measuring and reporting employer engagement.
    3:15   –   4:15   State Roles in Security – Mark Abraham, Security Officer, AJLA–TS
    Discuss state roles, including data ownership and state privacy officers.
    5:00   –   6:30   RECEPTION
    Network with Steering Committee members and AJLA–TS staff at an onsite appetizer reception.

    Thursday

    7:30   –   8:15   CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
    8:15   –   8:30   Wake Up Lightning Session (Optional)
    8:30   –   9:00   AJL Sub-Committee Meeting – Stacey Laing, AJL Chair
    Review process for Legacy and enhancement tickets.
    9:00   –   9:45   RSI-DWG Round Table – Facilitated by Brooke Patterson, Business Systems Analyst Manager AJLA–TS
    Exchange state progress on RSI-DWG grants and get an update on the VOCAL portal.
    9:45   –   10:00   BREAK
    10:00   –   11:30   Reporting Sub-Committee Meeting – Sergio Estrada, Interim Reporting Chair
    Review WIA closeouts and PIRL updates, discuss reports being ported, and learn about PostgreSQL.
    11:30   –   1:00   LUNCH (on your own)
    1:00   –   1:30   CertLink Sub-Committee Meeting, Judy Pelletier, Interim CertLink Chair
    1:30   –   2:00   What Is AJLA? Christine Bohannon, Director, AJLA–TS
    Improve your knowledge of AJLA products and services in this interactive session.
    2:00 2:45   Campfire Session: Exchanging Stories and Policies – Facilitated by Joy Bancroft, Instructional Designer, AJLA–TS
    Come prepared to exchange questions and policies with your consortium partners in this question and answer session.
    2:45 3:00   BREAK
    3:00   –   3:30   The Customer Journey – Kylie Grater, UX/UI Designer, AJLA–TS
    Learn about how user experience contributes to the design of an application.
    3:30   –   4:30   RapidStorm Updates – AJLA–TS Application Developers
    Review progress and discuss relevant issues, such as user roles.
    Download the 2018 Spring Meeting Agenda
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    Please complete the online registration form below at the same time you make your room reservation. Registration is $450 and should be made payable to America's Job Link Alliance; FEIN 48-1124839, 1430 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS 66612, Attn: Carrie Doud. Click here to register.