About the Local Workforce Development Board

The Chief Elected Officials (CEOs) of a local workforce development area (local area) shall appoint members to the local board for a specified term and from among nominees received from those entities and organizations noted below:

Membership Criteria

Local boards established after the enactment of WIOA (July 22, 2014) shall include members who are:

Representatives of Business:

  • A minimum of 51% of the membership shall be representatives of business in the local area who are owners of businesses, chief executive or operating officers of businesses, and other business executives or employers with optimum policymaking or hiring authority, and
  • Represents businesses, including small business or organizations representing businesses with employment opportunities that provide that, at a minimum, include:
    • high-quality, work-relevant training and development in high demand industry sectors or occupations in the local area, and
    • are to be appointed from among individuals (plural) nominated by local business organizations and business trade associations;

Representatives of the Workforce:

  • May include (optional) representatives of local educational agencies and community – based organizations with demonstrated experience and expertise in addressing the education or training needs of individuals with barriers to employment.

Representatives (plural) of Education and Training:

  • Each local board shall include representatives of entities administering education and training activities in the local area who:
    • Shall include a representative of eligible providers administering adult education and literacy activities under WIOA title II, and
    • Shall include a representative of institutions of higher education providing workforce activities (including community colleges), and

A minimum of 20% of the membership shall include representatives of the workforce (workers) in the local area who:

  • Shall include representatives (plural) of labor organizations nominated by local labor federations in local areas where employees are represented by labor organizations;
    • If no employee is represented by a labor organization in the local area, other representatives of employees, and,
  • Shall include a representative from a joint labor-management apprenticeship program in the local area who shall be a labor organization representative or training director.
    • If no such program exists, a representative of a Registered Apprenticeship program in the local area, if such a program exists, and
  • May include (optional) representatives of organizations with demonstrated experience and expertise in addressing the employment, training or education needs of WIOA eligible youth, including out of school youth.

Representatives of Government, Economic and Community Development:

Each board shall include members of governmental and economic and community development entities serving the local area who:

  • Shall include a representative of economic and community development entities, and
  • Shall include an appropriate representative from the State employment service office under the Wagner-Peyser Act serving the local area, and
  • Shall include an appropriate representative of the programs carried out under Title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (other than section 112 or part C) serving the local area, and
  • May include (optional) representatives of local agencies or entities administering programs related to transportation, housing and public assistance, and
  • May include (optional) representative of philanthropic organizations serving the local area.

Discretionary Representatives:

  1. Each local board may include such other individuals as the CEO may determine to be appropriate.

Board Size

The LA V Board appointed under WIOA not only has minimum requirements as to what stakeholders are represented; it also establishes minimum percentages of representation in two stakeholder categories; business and workforce.


CEO’s may appoint additional members at their discretion but must assure the majority business representation and 20% minimum workforce representation is preserved.

Vacancies and Appointments

Local board vacancies must be filled by the next regularly scheduled meeting of the CEO, or 60 calendar days from the date of the vacancy, whichever is later. Term limits or other conditions of appointment must be reflected in the bylaws (if incorporated) or governance policies of the local board.

Only the CEO has the authority to appoint/reappoint members from among nominations received. Local board bylaws cannot usurp this CEO responsibility. All appointments (e.g., new and reappointments) must be reported to the Department of Commerce.