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We’re excited to provide a whole new experience at the 2019 Spring Meeting in Kansas City! Open your umbrellas and get ready to experience RapidStorm in action. We’ll be demoing the new system, preparing you for its implementation, and showing you some behind-the-scenes work. You won’t want to miss the new session formats and opportunities to collaborate with AJLA–TS staff. We can’t wait to see you there!

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The Intercontinental Hotel is approximately 45 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 American Slang Modern Brasserie, which is open from 6:30 AM to 1:00 AM. The InterContinental also features the Market, where you can get Starbucks coffee and local pastries. Additional amenities include a 24-hr fitness center, outdoor pool, and business center.

To reserve your room by phone, call 1-866-856-9717. Callers must identify themselves as being with America's Job Link Alliance to qualify for the group rate of $125/per night (plus applicable taxes and fees). Please follow the steps below to book within our group block online:

  1. Visit the Intercontinental Hotel website.
  2. Click Book Now.
  3. Enter your dates of stay. Click Search.
  4. Book by Friday, March 29. We encourage you to book now and cancel the reservation if you can't come. You will not be charged if you cancel within 48 hours of the conference.
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The Intercontinental Hotel is about 25 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.

Daily temporary parking: Free
Self-parking: $18 daily
Valet parking:$22 daily

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Kansas City is home to more than just barbeque and baseball. The Intercontinental Hotel 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

Messenger Coffee Messenger Coffee Messenger Coffee Messenger Coffee Messenger Coffee

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

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

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

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

Webster House Webster House Webster House Webster House Webster House

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

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7:30   –   8:30   BREAKFAST
8:30   –   8:45   Welcome from the Chair and Approve Minutes from Winter Meeting – Jay Bassett, AJLA Chair
8:45   –   9:15   Meeting Overview and Staff Introductions – Christine Bohannon, Director, AJLA–TS
9:15   –   10:15   Sunshine Ahead: A RapidStorm Demo – Joy Bancroft, Customer Relations Manager, AJLA–TS
See the refactored app in action!
10:15   –   10:30   BREAK
10:30   –   11:30   AJL Sub-Committee Meeting – Kristy Austin, AJL Sub-Committee Chair
11:30   –   1:00   LUNCH (on your own)
1:00   –   1:15   Lightning Session
1:15   –   1:45   NASWA National Update – Amy Hiltunen, Project Manager, NASWA
Get an update on NASWA happenings and a briefing of the major activities in Congress affecting the workforce system.
1:45 2:15   Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS) Update – Theo Coney, USDOL/VETS
Get the latest from USDOL/VETS.
2:15   –   3:00   ReportLink Sub-Committee Meeting – Sergio Estrada, ReportLink Sub-Committee Chair (Tentative)
3:00   –   3:15   BREAK
3:15   –   4:15   Work It Out
Be a part of the development process in this interactive competition to design the best application feature.
4:15   –   5:00   CertLink Brainstorming Workshop – Judy Pelletier, CertLink Sub-Committee Chair, and Jenifer Telshaw, Business Analyst, AJLA–TS
Stick around and find out the upcoming improvements to the WOTC system in their refactor project and talk with the AJLA–TS SMEs about the future of the product.
5:00   –   7:00   RECEPTION
Enjoy a trivia-style reception with Steering Committee members and AJLA–TS staff at an onsite appetizer reception.


7:30   –   8:30   BREAKFAST
8:30   –   9:15   Communication Styles Workshop – Tiffany Burtin, Training Technician, AJLA–TS
Do you work with many different types of people? Learn about your own communication style and how to recognize and adapt to the styles of others.
9:15   –   9:45   Workstation Workout
Learn some deskercises from an occupational therapist.
9:45   –   10:00   BREAK
10:00   –   10:30   Understanding Analytics – Joy Bancroft, Customer Relations Manager, AJLA–TS
See the new analytics tool, review the reports you’ll receive monthly, and learn how to interpret data.
10:30   –   11:30   User Experience Surveys – Kyle Batson, UX/UI Expert, AJLA–TS
Review initial feedback from employers, hear the plans for surveying AJL end users, and discuss what customizations you might want next.
11:30   –   1:00   LUNCH (on your own)
1:00   –   1:45   PostgreSQL Progress – Dennis LaMunyon, Database Administrator, AJLA–TS
Get a live demo of PostgreSQL and discuss some common queries.
1:45   –   2:00   Lightning Session
2:00   –   2:30   UAT for You and Me – Facilitated by Nolan Schmidt, Business Systems Analyst Manager, AJLA–TS
Take these testing tips home with you to prepare for the UAT storm ahead.
2:30   –   3:00   Staff Training Workshop – Janelle Wenzl, Documentation Coordinator, AJLA–TS
Prepare for the upcoming RapidStorm trainings by learning best practices in training users at all experience levels.
3:00   –   3:15   BREAK
3:15   –   3:45   ProviderLink for Registered Apprenticeship – Mel Manry, Business Systems Analyst, AJLA–TS
See how Kansas is updating ProviderLink to accommodate Registered Apprenticeship Sponsors.
3:45   –   4:30   Forecasting the Future: Post-RapidStorm Plans – Facilitated by Brooke Patterson, Business Systems Analyst Manager, AJLA–TS
Discuss what’s on the docket for AJLA–TS and what the release cycles and enhancement processs will look like post-RapidStorm.
3:45   –   4:30   AJLA–TS Tech Café: RapidStorm Is on the Menu
Before you leave for home, take advantage of this final opportunity to discuss RapidStorm, ask a question, discuss a project, or receive training on a particular product section or feature.
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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. You can also pay your registration fee online.