The Southern Workforce Board is a community based not-for-profit entity operated by a volunteer Board that is business-led by members representing the community and who have an interest in workforce and economic development issues.
How We Got Here —
Signed into law on July 22, 2014, WIOA is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in 15 years. The law supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
WIOA reinforces the partnerships and strategies necessary for the workforce development system and one-stops to provide job seekers and workers with high-quality career services, education and training, and supportive services they need to get good jobs and stay employed, and to help businesses find skilled workers and access other supports, including education and training for their current workforce.
WIOA empowers State and Local elected officials and private sector-led workforce boards with the responsibility of developing a strategic, integrated plan that supports economic growth and labor force needs intended to grow the capacity and performance of the workforce system.
Workforce Boards are led by Private Business
51% Members – Private Business
20% from the workforce—Labor & CBOs
29% System Partners, Education & Econ. Development
Appointed by Local Elected Officials
The Board's Vision
The Southern Workforce Board envisions a high performance workforce in which partnerships proactively identify workforce needs and facilitate solutions
The Board's Mission
We implement the strategic process that aligns workforce with economic development in partnership with the community to maximize opportunities and address needs
The Board's Strategic Economic & Workforce Development Goals