Madison-Bond WDB Chairman
As we look to the coming year, we face several challenges and also find new opportunities. The passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), one of a handful of bi-partisan bills to pass congress and be signed into law, finds us gearing up for the implementation. We now have several new tools and a broader use of the other work-based learning opportunities to further our mission of strengthening the workforce and the economy.
As WIOA rolls out, we will see changes to our board. The board will be more focused on specific business segments and we will coordinate our efforts to maximize the resources we have available. As I mentioned last year, the need for our coordination with our partners is even more critical. With the reduced resources available to education, workforce and economic development, as well as our other partners, we will need to coordinate and cooperate to maximize the results and the Workforce Development Board provides the vehicle for that work.
There will also be a focus on “sector strategies”, better coordination with education and economic development efforts, and a renewed focus on serving all sectors of the workforce. We will be reaching out to the whole community to make the best use of all participants in the workforce. As we all see, the labor pool is dwindling, affected by the “baby boomer” generation retiring and leaving jobs to be filled. This becomes the opportunity to expand our efforts to have everyone engage in our needed workforce.