Workforce Development Boards are organized under the federal legislation Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA), establishing parameters like roles, responsibilities and membership criteria for Boards to operate within. More specifically, WIOA outlines 13 critical functions to be carried out by the Workforce Development Board in order to continue to cultivate a seamless workforce delivery system:

  1. Local Area Plan[ning]
  2. Workforce Research and Regional Labor Market Analysis
  3. Convening, Brokering, and Leveraging
  4. Employer Engagement
  5. Career Pathways Development
  6. Proven and Promising Practices [for meeting the needs of employers]
  7. Technology [to maximize accessibility]
  8. Program Oversight
  9. Negotiation of Local Performance Accountability Measures
  10. Selection of One Stop Operator(s)
  11. Coordination with Education Service Providers
  12. Budget & Administration
  13. Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities