About Us

Our History

MCTA was established on June 3, 1983, by agreement between the Mahoning County Board of County Commissioners and the Columbiana County Board of County Commissioners in order to administer the Federal Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) for the two counties. The agreement was amended on January 25, 2000, in order for MCTA to administer the funding from the Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which replaced the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA).

How We Work

MCTA is structured as a "Regional Council of Governments" under Chapter 167 of the Ohio Revised Code, which enables the "governing bodies" of any two or more counties to "enter into an agreement with each other for establishment of a regional council consisting of such political subdivisions."

MCTA is governed by an Executive Council consisting exclusively of three Mahoning County Commissioners and three Columbiana County Commissioners. The County Commissioners are not elected to these positions but rather serve on the Executive Council by virtue of their position as County Commissioners. They receive no compensation for sitting on the Executive Council.

The Executive Council members are:


Columbiana County Commissioners
Mike Halleck
ames Hoppel
Tim Weigle - 2015 Executive Council President

Mahoning County Commissioners
David Ditzler
Carol Rimideo-Righetti
Anthony Traficanti - 2015 Executive Council Vice-President


WIA mandates area investment boards be created to oversee workforce development activities. Mahoning and Columbiana Counties makeup Local Workforce Investment Area 17 and its Workforce Investment Board (WIB) consists of at least 51 percent of representatives of the business community and the remainder from labor organizations, community groups, elected officials, economic development and partner organizations.

All members of the Area 17 Workforce Investment Board are appointed by the Mahoning and Columbiana County Commissioners. The full Workforce Investment Board has quarterly meetings. Subcommittees meet periodically. The executive committee meets monthly. MCTA regularly provides updates of its activities to the Workforce Investment Board.


Funding comes from government sources, primarily WIA funding from the U.S. Department of Labor and other federal grants. MCTA is audited annually by the State of Ohio.