The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board is here to serve you. The board was formed to facilitate and coordinate workforce initiatives, enabling economic growth and increasing the standard of living of the citizens that reside in ten counties and three cities in Southwest Virginia.
The Workforce Development Board (WDB) is a creation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, which was written to address the human needs, associated with employment in every region. The Board is made up of business and community leaders so the region’s interests are represented. The WDB is funded wholly or in part by funds provided by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board supports the region’s economy through a collaborative approach to meeting needs of businesses and job seekers that is flexible and adaptable to the changing economic ecosystem. And we hold ourselves accountable to all our stakeholders in the region.
The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board envisions a region where every business has access to a qualified, job-ready workforce and every citizen in the region has the skills needed to secure meaningful employment, competitive wages, and career advancement through an integrated workforce support infrastructure.
Goals: The goals for the next three years are our response to the important issues identified in our SWOT analysis that was completed as part of the strategic planning process. The goals provide a roadmap for fulfilling the strategic direction and are foundational to our work. We understand our job of preparing our region’s workforce and fully accept the accountability through performance measures that ensure the success as well as help us understand where to make adjustments when needed.
Goal 1: Increase business engagement and deliver value to the region’s business customers.
Goal 2: Achieve measurable skills development in for the region’s job seeking customers in the form of workforce credentials that matter to business.
Goal 3: Fill jobs in demand occupations that show promise for long-term growth in industries that are strategic to the region’s economy.
Goal 4: Help individuals, including individuals with barriers, gain access to the middle class and demonstrate career progression.
Goal 5: Ensure that the workforce system’s return on investment creates value for our regional stakeholders and customers and the Commonwealth.