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The purpose for establishing regional leadership is to ensure ownership and accountability for regional planning and oversight. This is identified as Goal #1 – Establish Regional Leadership Approach - in the Regional Plan and based on the requirements outlined in the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), passed by Congress in 2014. The federal regulation that describes the regional planning work is found at C.F.R. 679.510 a.1.i/v.

Key Action Steps

Identify Staff Committee

Identify Executive Committee Staff Committee to serve as a staff and liaison between the local boards and the Regional Workforce Alliance (RWA).


Completion Date

Completed March 2017

Staff leadership from NWPIC, RMCEP, Inter-County Community Council, and DEED Job Service will meet to coordinate RWA meetings and serve as liaison between local boards and RWA.


Regional Plan


Regional Plan Sec A.1-2

Establish Regional Workforce Alliance Membership

Membership of the RWA will include key industry leaders from identified sectors, representatives of populations experiencing employment disparities, members of local boards, as well as local staff and state agency consultants. 

Initial group established January 2017, ongoing

Local staff will recommend membership to local boards for approval; Development of Memorandum of Understanding

Regional PlanSec A.2

Define Leadership Responsibilities for staff and RWA

Define Responsibilities of Regional Workforce Alliance to include:
1) aligning strategies and developing initiatives to promote seamless workforce development service,
2) develop identified career pathways, and
) support identified industry sectors.

End of June 2018

Clear Responsibilities and expectations outlined in Memorandum of Understanding. 

Regional Plan Sec. A.6


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