The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, passed by Congress in 2014, provides new approaches to workforce system planning, including a requirement that the Governor identify workforce planning regions.
At the Nov. 10 WIOA Steering Committee meeting, the committee made an alternate recommendation:
"Designation of the 12 existing Workforce Development Councils (WDCs) as 12 regions under WIOA and that local plan guidance ask for specific plans to work with contiguous WDCs based on the agreed upon factors in the WIOA Regions policy."
New public comment period opens
The Workforce Board opened up this recommendation and the proposed map (below) to a 15-day public comment period that ended Dec. 8. Also, the local planning guidelines that include questions on regional planning are available for comment.
Deadline to submit comments to Workforce Board is December 8
The Workforce Board will consider comments and plans to approve a final recommendation at a special meeting in December.
What are Workforce Planning Regions?
Workforce planning regions unite neighboring Workforce Development Councils with shared economic conditions, demographics, or labor pools to create a regionally coordinated strategic plan. Single Workforce Development Councils may be designated regions themselves.
Governor Inslee has final approval
Governor Inslee will have 15 days to consider the recommendation before it becomes final. Once the recommendation is finalized, guidance will be issued to local Workforce Development Councils to comply with the regional planning requirements as identified under WIOA.
Staff contact:, Eric Wolf, (360) 709-4614
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