The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a unique public/private partnership representing the City of Portland, Multnomah and Washington counties. The WDB brings together local elected officials, private sector leaders, public agencies, education, labor, and community-based organizations to focus on regional workforce development and related community issues. Board members are appointed by the local elected officials with majority representation coming from the private sector including the Chair and Vice Chair.
Staffed and supported by Worksystems, the WDB's primary goal is to build a workforce system that is flexible, responsive, customer-focused and locally managed. The WDB is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating the regional workforce strategic plan and guiding investments to achieve the following plan goals:
- The regional workforce system is aligned, provides integrated services, and makes efficient use of resources to achieve better outcomes for businesses and job seekers
- Workers have the skills they need to fill current and emerging, high-wage, high-demand jobs
- Youth have the academic and core competencies required by employers
- Employers have the skilled workers they need to remain competitive
For more information about the Workforce Development Board, contact Andrew McGough.