The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) which became effective on July 1, 2015 ignites the evolution of the Workforce System through the alignment of workforce development, education, economic development and business systems within each local area. Formerly the State Workforce Investment Board, the newly authorized State Workforce Development Board (WDB) is challenged with developing local sector strategies in high growth industries and designing career pathways that advance opportunities for all workers and jobseekers, including low-skilled adults, youth, dislocated workers and individuals with disabilities. Workforce Boards are comprised of individuals representing government, business, economic development and education. The private sector accounts for fifty-one percent (51%) of the membership, which includes the Chair of the Board who must be a member of the private sector.
The State Workforce Development Board acts as an advisory arm to the Governor on workforce issues in the Territory. While maintaining its statutory responsibilities, the Board serves as a convener of all workforce development activities between workforce development, government agencies, the business sector, labor unions, economic development and community and faith based organizations.