"The Madison-Bond area will have a workforce system that will increase employment opportunities and the standard of living for the entire community."
The vision for the Board is to serve as a strategic leader and convener of local workforce system stakeholders. The Board partners with employers and the workforce system to develop policies and investments that support workforce system strategies that support regional economies, the development of effective approaches including local and regional sector partnerships and career pathways, and high-quality, customer-centered service delivery and service delivery approaches.
The purpose of the Board is to:
- Provide strategic and operational oversight in collaboration with the required and additional partners and workforce stakeholders to help develop a comprehensive and high-quality workforce system in the local area and larger planning region;
- Assist in the achievement of the State's strategic and operational vision and goals as outlined in the Unified State Plan, and;
- Maximize and continue to improve the quality of services, customer satisfaction, and effectiveness of the services provided.
In partnership with the CEO(s) and the Madison County Employment & Training Department, the Board sets policy for the local workforce system consistent with State policies. The functions of the Board are described in WIOA Sec. 107(d) and are as follows:
- Develop and submit a 4-year local plan for the local area, in partnership with the CEO(s) and consistent with Section 108 of WIOA;
- Develop and submit a regional plan in collaboration with other local areas in the designated region. The local plan must be submitted as a part of the regional plan;
- Conduct workforce research and regional labor market analysis as defined in Section 107(d)(2) of WIOA;
- Convene local workforce system stakeholders to assist in the development of the local plan under Section 108 and in identifying non-federal expertise and resources to leverage support for workforce activities;
- Lead efforts to engage with a diverse range of employers and other entities in the region in order to promote business representation on the Board, develop effective linkages with employers in the region, ensure that workforce investment activities meet the needs of employers, and develop and implement proven or promising strategies for meeting the employment and skill needs of workers and employers;
- With representatives of secondary and post-secondary education programs, lead efforts to develop and implement career pathways within the local area by aligning the employment, training, education, and supportive services that are needed by adults and youth, particularly individuals with barriers to employment;
- Lead efforts in the local area to identify and promote proven and promising strategies and initiatives for meeting the needs of employers, workers and jobseekers, and identify and disseminate information on proven and promising practices carried out in other local areas for meeting such needs;
- Develop strategies for using technology to maximize the accessibility and effectiveness of the local workforce system for employers, and workers and jobseekers consistent with Section 107(d)(7) of WIOA;
- In partnership with the chief elected official for the local area, conduct oversight of: youth workforce investment activities authorized under WIOA Sec. 129(c), adult and dislocated worker employment and training activities under WIOA Secs. 134(c) and (d); and entire one-stop delivery system in the local area; ensure the appropriate use and management of the funds provided under WIOA Subtitle B for the youth, adult, and dislocated worker activities and one-stop delivery system in the local area; and ensure the appropriate use management, and investment of funds to maximize performance outcomes under WIOA Sec. 116;
- Negotiate and reach agreement on local performance measures with the CEO and the Governor;
- Negotiate with CEO and required partners on the methods for funding the infrastructure costs of one-stop centers in the local area in accordance with WIOA or must notify the Governor if they fail to reach agreement at the local level and will use a State infrastructure funding mechanism;
- Select providers of youth workforce investment activities, training, services, career services, and one-stop operators in the local area as specified in WIOA, and where appropriate terminate such providers in accordance with 2 CFR Part 200;
- In accordance with WIOA Sec. 107(d)(10)(E) work with the State to ensure there are sufficient numbers and types of providers of career services and training services serving the local area and providing th eservices in a manner that maximizes consumer choice, as well as providing opportunities that lead to competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities;
- Coordinate activities with education and training providers in the local area, including reviewing applications to provide adult education and literacy activities under Title II for the local area to determine whether such applications are consistent with the local plan, making recommendations to the eligible agency to promote alignment with such plan, and replicating and implementing cooperative agreements to enhance the provision of services to individuals with disabilities and other individuals;
- Develop a budget for the activities of the Board, with approval of the CEO and consistent with the local plan and the duties of the Board;
- Assess, on an annual basis, the physical and programmatic accessibility of all one-stop centers in the local area, in accordance with WIOA Sec. 188, if applicable, and applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.); and
- Certification of one-stop centers in accordance with WIOA.