WorkSource Middle Georgia is dedicated to developing a regional workforce by:
- Enabling individuals to achieve their highest potential
- Ensuring employers have a skilled workforce to compete competitively in the global economy
- Capitalizing on the untapped potential of underemployed and discouraged job seekers
The workforce development system will be characterized by three vital hallmarks of excellence:
- Meeting the needs of employers by partnering with businesses to drive workforce solutions;
- Providing excellent customer service to job seekers and employers with an emphasis on continuous improvements through One-Stop Centers (or American Job Centers);
- Supporting regional economies and actively engaging in the community by serving as the strategic leader for the development of sector strategies and career pathways, becoming the convener for the local workforce development stakeholders
Middle Georgia Workforce Development Board (MGWDB) Priorities to Implementing WIOA
Local Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) are entities created to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, which succeeds the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. Every regional community is associated with a WDB. For each WDB, a Chief Local Elected Official (CLEO), a county commissioner or the mayor of a lead city, appoints members to the Board. These appointed positions are unpaid and at least 51 percent of the WDBs membership must come from private businesses. There are also designated seats on the board for representatives from labor unions, educational institutions, public sector, economic development and other social service organizations; however, the WDB is primarily led by a private-sector majority.
Title 20/Chapter V/Part 679 of the Federal Code defines Local Workforce Boards as:
(a) The vision for the Local WDB is to serve as a strategic leader and convener of local workforce development system stakeholders. The Local WDB partners with employers and the workforce development system to develop policies and investments that support public workforce system strategies that support regional economies, the development of effective approaches including local and regional sector partnerships and career pathways, and high quality, customer centered service delivery and service delivery approaches;
(b) The purpose of the Local WDB is to –
(1) Provide strategic and operational oversight in collaboration with the required and additional partners and workforce stakeholders to help develop a comprehensive and high-quality workforce development system in the local area and larger planning region;
(2) Assist in the achievement of the State’s strategic and operational vision and goals as outlined in the Unified State Plan or Combined State Plan; and
(3) Maximize and continue to improve the quality of services, customer satisfaction, effectiveness of the services provided.
(a) The Local WDB is appointed by the chief elected official(s) in each local area in accordance with State criteria established under WIOA sec. 107(b), and is certified by the Governor every 2 years, in accordance with WIOA sec. 107(c)(2).
(b) In partnership with the chief elected official(s), the Local WDB sets policy for the portion of the statewide workforce development system within the local area and consistent with State policies.
(c) The Local WDB and the chief elected official(s) may enter into an agreement that describes the respective roles and responsibilities of the parties.
(d) The Local WDB, in partnership with the chief elected official(s), develops the local plan and performs the functions described in WIOA sec. 107(d) and § 679.370.
(e) If a local area includes more than one unit of general local government in accordance with WIOA sec. 107(c)(1)(B), the chief elected officials of such units may execute an agreement to describe their responsibilities for carrying out the roles and responsibilities. If the chief elected officials are unable to reach agreement after a reasonable effort, the Governor may appoint the members of the Local WDB from individuals nominated or recommended as specified in WIOA sec. 107(b).
(f) If the State Plan indicates that the State will be treated as a local area under WIOA, the State WDB must carry out the roles of the Local WDB in accordance with WIOA sec. 107, except that the State is not required to meet and report on a set of local performance accountability measures.
(g) The CEO must establish by-laws, consistent with State policy for Local WDB membership, that at a minimum address:
(1) The nomination process used by the CEO to select the Local WDB chair and members;
(2) The term limitations and how the term appointments will be staggered to ensure only a portion of membership expire in a given year;
(3) The process to notify the CEO of a WDB member vacancy to ensure a prompt nominee;
(4) The proxy and alternative designee process that will be used when a WDB member is unable to attend a meeting and assigns a designee as per the requirements at § 679.110(d)(4);
(5) The use of technology, such as phone and Web-based meetings, that will be used to promote WDB member participation;
(6) The process to ensure WDB members actively participate in convening the workforce development system’s stakeholders, brokering relationships with a diverse range of employers, and leveraging support for workforce development activities; and
(7) A description of any other conditions governing appointment or membership on the Local WDB as deemed appropriate by the CEO.