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Governor's Workforce Development Board

Active dates:2016 -
WIOA Title 1, Chapter 1 Section 101 (federal law)

The board replaces the Governor's Workforce Development Council and assumes the duties under the Workforce Investment Act. Additionally, the board, under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), shall assist the Governor in: developing, implementing, and modifying the state plan; reviewing statewide policies and programs; providing recommendations on actions to align and improve the workforce development system and programs; developing strategies to identify and remove barriers for better alignment; supporting career pathways; providing outreach to individuals and employers benefiting from the system; developing and updating comprehensive state performance accountability measures; and disseminating best practices.

The board shall provide support to local boards and regions, and assume responsibilities for Title I Workforce Development Activities, Title 2 Adult Education and Literacy, Title 3 Wagner-Peyser, and Title 4 Vocational Rehabilitation.

The board will also be responsible for the development of strategies for one stop partners, the alignment of technologies and data systems, the enhancement of digital literacy skills, fiscal accountability, and the acceleration of industry recognized post-secondary credentials.


According to the August 2015 Notice of Vacancies in State Boards, Councils, and Committees report from the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, the Governor's Workforce Development Council changed its name to the Governor's Workforce Development Board.

The name change appears to have been approved by the Minnesota Legislature in 2016 Minn. Laws Chap. 129, however Minn. Stat. 116L.665 still refers to the Workforce Development Council.

The Board's 2017 Minnesota Momentum report states: "With the passage of WIOA in 2014, the name changed from the Governor's Workforce Development Council to the Governor's Workforce Development Board. There were also significant changes to the composition and role of the Board to ensure that there is a majority of private sector members on the Board, as mandated by federal law." (p.13)


As of 2016, the board consists of 41 voting members including the Governor, Commissioners of the Departments of Employment and Economic Development, Human Services, Education, two elected officials (City/County), 21 private sector members whom are business owners, chief executives or operating officers or employers with optimum policy-making or hiring authority representing in-demand industry sectors, five labor representatives from labor organizations, who have been nominated by state labor federations one labor member representing joint labor-management apprenticeship or training program, two community-based organizations with demonstrated experience in addressing employment, training or education needs with a priority on individuals with barriers to employment, six education representatives as follows: one University of Minnesota senior leadership, the Chancellor of the Board of Trustees of MnSCU, one member representing public education with expertise in design and implementation of school-based, service learning (Career Technical Education), one private sector post-secondary senior leadership.

The majority leaders from the Minnesota House of Representatives and Senate shall appoint one ex officio member from each.

The twelve non-voting members include: one member representing Adult Basic Education, one public libraries representative, one member representing the Women's Economic Security Act, WESA, two community-based organizations with demonstrated experience in addressing employment, training, or education needs with a priority on individuals with barriers to employment, one member (Chair or Director) representing the MN Workforce Council Association, two members representing school-based learning and secondary STEM education, and the Commissioners of the Departments of Correction, Labor and Industry.

The full board for FY 2015-16 will meet quarterly, at a minimum the executive and operations committees will meet bi-monthly, and additional ad-hoc committee or task force(s) as established by the board.

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.

Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.

Agency heads:

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development


Info. above is all from August, 2015 SOS monthly report. Minn. Stat. does not indicate a name change.

Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
Record last updated: 07/12/2019

Additional print information on this group may be available in the Library's collection of agency notebooks. Please contact a librarian for assistance. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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