The Governor’s Workforce Development Board
is seeking leaders from businesses across the state to serve as members on the GWDB, as we have several openings for business members as of June 30, 2019.
The full GWDB meets quarterly throughout the year in the metro area (one of those meetings being the annual MAWB-GWDB joint meeting in December). Members also have the opportunity to serve on various committees should they choose to, which generally meet once every 1-2 months and have a call-in option.
The primary statutory function of the GWDB is to provide input for, review, and approve the 4-year WIOA state plan (which guides the development of the regional and local plans). The board also has a role in advising the governor on other workforce development issues.
The general qualifications of a business representative on the State Board are that they:
- Have experience with collaboration, forming strategic alliances, actively contributing, and acting strategically;
- Hold a senior-level decision-making role within their organization;
- Have a commitment to the talent pipeline, the skilled labor and meaningful employment needs of business and industry, incumbent workers, job seekers, and all Minnesotans.
The priority industry sectors of the State Board are
Health Care and Social Assistance, Manufacturing, Construction, Professional and Business Services including Information Technology, and Natural Resources including Agriculture (Food and Animal Production) and Mining.
In compliance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and state statute, careful consideration is also given to racial, gender, and geographical balance on the GWDB.
Questions regarding the online application process can be directed to Kay Kammen,