This employer-led board of directors works in tandem with the Chief Elected Officials of Lawrence and Mercer Counties. In addition to overseeing the use of funds, the Workforce Development Board (WDB) provides policy guidance and exercises oversight in the development of a broad workforce investment system in the coordination of education and workforce development activities in the community. The Board approves budgets, selects service providers, and is responsible for all program and performance outcomes.
The West Central WDB will align and utilize all available resources to support local workforce and economic development efforts to retain and attract business in the region. Joint planning with regional and local economic development organizations is crucial to maximizing and leveraging the resources necessary to develop a high-demand skilled workforce in support of business and industry’s workforce needs. Toward this end, the West Central WDB will build on and expand the relationships it has developed with key partners in order to construct proactive approaches.