The GRWDB has established the following strategic priorities that guide the daily work and policy-making of the organization:

  • Focus on sector strategies consistent with the New Jersey State (Economic Development) Plan and the New Jersey Combined (workforce development) Plan.
  • Build strategic alliances with partners, including those in the economic development arena.
  • Coordinate outreach to the business community among the various entities currently engaged in contacting businesses.
  • Focus our strategies on career paths versus simply employment.
  • Recognize the role that transportation plays in employment.
  • Develop additional revenue streams and re-think our finances.

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

Funding Occupational Readiness Training For Sustainable Employment

The GRWDB was the only Workforce Development Board in the State of New Jersey to have recently been awarded a $20,000 grant from Maher & Maher/IMPAQ 2019 Educational Fund to deliver in-demand occupational readiness training at the Raritan Valley Community College Workforce Training Center for a Welding and OSHA 10 certification. Acquiring a nationally-recognized, in-demand credential enables students to secure sustainable employment all while closing industry skills gaps in Hunterdon and Somerset Counties. Two primary outcomes will be direct placement of students into livable wage jobs and further student engagement in career training within advanced manufacturing, where certifications have direct application and can advance the skills development along a career pathway with stackable credentials and higher wages. This initiative directly supports the GRWDB strategic priority of focusing on career paths versus employment as well as developing additional revenue streams to better serve the residents and businesses of Hunterdon and Somerset Counties.

 

Local Area and Regional Planning

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires Local Boards, in conjunction with both county’s Boards of Chosen Freeholders, to participate in a regional planning process resulting in a comprehensive four‐year plan. Coined the Local Area Plan, this strategic project ensures our workforce delivery system remains parallel with federal, state, regional and local priorities. Message planning@thegrwdb.org to learn more.

Expanding Communications

The GRWDB recently implemented a Social Media Initiative to ensure that local workforce development system stakeholders and all interested parties have access to accurate and useful information for informed discussion and decision-making. The GRWDB has established three goals that direct the mission of its Social Media endeavors to further solidify the GRWDB’s role of thought leadership in workforce policy for the local area. These goals are as follows:

  • To facilitate an alternate means of communication with our core constituents
  • To create visibility and raise awareness for the GRWDB and its key partners
  • To showcase unique career opportunities and trends in economic and workforce policy

To stay informed, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!

To view the GRWDB Social Media Policy, click here.