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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 Investment Act of 1998 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 Investment Act of 1998 and administered by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Mission Statement

The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board strengthens the region’s workforce by promoting opportunities for people of New River/ Mount Rogers Area to reach and maintain economic self-sufficiency, increasing the availability of a trained and skilled workforce for area business and industry, and assisting service providers in improving the level of training and services offered to clients.


The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Area has a workforce development system that produces an educated and skilled workforce that drives productivity and competitiveness in the region, resulting in competitive wages that enables citizens to increase their self-sufficiency and improve the area’s economy.

Strategic Goals

  • Establish Career Pathways as the Primary Model for Regional Collaboration
  • Increase Credential Attainment in the Region
  • Expand the Region’s Pipeline of Workers for Targeted Industry Sectors
  • Strengthen Data and Reporting

Everything we do ensures our region’s businesses and industries have a talent pipeline filled with skilled workers. We want them to be competitive in both today’s and tomorrow’s marketplace, driving our region’s economy, so that all workers can earn a sustainable wage and be self-sufficient.