What is a Workforce Investment Board (WIB)?
In accordance with State criteria established under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, a Local Workforce Investment Board is appointed by the chief elected official in each local area.
In the workforce investment system, the local level remains key for policy and administrative decisions. It is where customers access services and where the design for the One-Stop system is implemented.
The law requires each local workforce investment area to be governed by a Workforce Investment Board in conjunction with the Chief Local Elected Official.
Mahoning and Columbiana Counties is considered Workforce Investment Area 17 in Ohio.
Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) are comprised of representatives from private sector businesses, organized labor, community-based organizations, local government agencies, and local education agencies.
WIB Roles and Responsibilities
The WIB is expected to exercise a broad view over many workforce-related programs and agencies funded from a variety of sources. The WIB works to identify the local areas needs and resources and develop a strategic consensus among local leaders and service agencies in order to ensure that education and training programs continue to meet the needs of local employers and job seekers. The WIB also provides policy guidance, designate operators for their area’s One-Stop Career Centers, and oversee the job training activities within their local areas.
In addition to legislated responsibilities under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), WIB's have been called upon to play a major role in a variety of key state employment initiatives currently underway. They define their vision, mission, and goals based on local community needs. Their five-year strategic plan establishes the local one-stop service delivery system and a system to serve youth. The WIB is also charged with integrating a workforce system that is flexible, seamless, and responsive to the needs of both job seekers and employers.