|The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) mandates oversight of WIA-funded programs, including One-Stop Centers, at the state level by a business-led Governor’s Workforce Policy Advisory Board and for each Workforce Area, a local, business-led Workforce Investment Board. The Boards must be comprised of business members (over 50%) and the One-Stop system partners.
The role of the Boards are to set policy, develop statewide and local plans, develop local area budgets to carry out the duties of the local system, and act as an independent broker of programs and other linkages in order to assist area employers to meet hiring needs and workers to find sustainable jobs.
- The Workforce Investment Act requires the development of a State and local area Workforce Investment Boards. (For more information on the legal establishment of the State Workforce Investment Board, see Sections 661.200-661.210 of the WIA law. For more information on the legal establishment of the local Workforce Investment Board, see Sections 661.300 of the WIA law.)
- The Governor's Workforce Policy Advisory Board assists the Governor in directing workforce development resources to maximize return on investment and ensure optimal growth in Ohio's workforce economy. The Board regularly assesses Ohio's employment needs, advises the Governor on setting performance goals and priorities to improve the State's workforce development system, and helps leaders who shape workforce development policy at the local level. Board members represent a range of groups including business and industry, organized labor, state legislature, education, social service agencies and others who have a stake in employment and training issues.
- Ohio has 20 designated local workforce investment areas. These local areas are part of a comprehensive workforce development system that integrates Ohio's economic development, workforce development, and education and training systems into a cohesive and effective system. Each of these local areas maintains commitments and partnerships with many businesses, academic partners, and state and local government official.
For More Information:
Governor's Workforce Policy Advisory Board
The Ohio Department of Development
77 South High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-6108
Office of Workforce Development
P.O. Box 1618
Columbus, OH 43216-1618
Phone: 1-888-296-7541, Option # 3
Last Update 11/3/2011