Workforce Development Boards (WDB) are part of the Public Workforce System, a network of federal, state, and local offices that support economic expansion and develop the talent of the nation’s workforce.
WDBs’ direct federal, state, and local funding to workforce development programs. They also serve as connectors between the U.S. Department of Labor and more than 2,500 local American Job Centers that deliver services to workers and employers.
The WDBs’ role is to develop regional strategic plans and set funding priorities for their area.
Think of your local WDB as your link to the public workforce system. As one of their many functions, many WDBs facilitate partnerships between local businesses with similar training needs. WDBs also rely on labor market information to develop sector strategies that focus resources on a particular high growth industry for their area, often involving skill training for local businesses.
More than 50 percent of each WDB’s members must come from the business community. In addition, WDBs are required to have representation from local community colleges and other training providers, as well as elected officials and workforce program leaders. This ensures that current skill needs of local businesses are communicated to relevant training programs.