What is a Workforce Development Board (WDB)?

In accordance with State criteria established under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act of 2015, a Local Workforce Development Board is appointed by the chief elected official in each local area.

In the workforce development 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 development area to be governed by a Workforce Development Board in conjunction with the Chief Local Elected Official.

Mahoning and Columbiana Counties are considered Workforce Development Area 17 in Ohio.

WDB Membership
Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) are comprised of representatives from private sector businesses, organized labor, community-based organizations, local government agencies, and local education agencies.


WDB Roles and Responsibilities
The WDB is expected to exercise a broad view over many workforce-related programs and agencies funded from a variety of sources.  The WDB 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 WDB also provides policy guidance, designate the operator of its area’s One-Stop Career Center and oversees job training activities within its local area.

In addition to legislated responsibilities under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunities Act (WIOA), WDBs are called upon to play a major role in a variety of key state employment initiatives. The WDBs define their vision, mission, and goals based on local community needs. Their five-year strategic plans establishes the local one-stop service delivery systems and systems to serve youth. WDBs are also charged with ensuring their area's workforce system is flexible, seamless and responsive to the needs of job seekers and employers.