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Workforce Development

Duluth Workforce Development Board


The Duluth Workforce Development Board identifies and aligns workforce development strategies to meet the needs of Duluth area employers and job seekers through comprehensive and coordinated systems.


An engaged and diverse workforce, where all individuals, regardless of background, have or are on a path to meaningful employment and a family sustaining wage, and all employers are able to fill jobs in demand. 

Duluth Workforce Development Board

The Duluth Workforce Development Board provides strategic guidance for the broad partnerships that make up the local workforce development system – a “one-stop” service delivery system for area job seekers and employers. The collective goal is to build a workforce with the skills employers seek, in order to help strengthen and maintain the area’s economy. Employers benefit by hiring workers with the skills they need for business success; workers benefit by achieving and maintaining economic self-sufficiency for themselves and their families.

Local Board Responsibilities

The Local Board is responsible for developing a strategy to continuously improve and strengthen the workforce development system.  The Local Board’s role is to develop a comprehensive high quality workforce system through collaboration with its workforce and education partners that supports continuous improvement in the area of employment, training, and education programs and promotes economic growth that is aligned with achieving the goals of the State Strategic Plan. Local Board functions include the following:

  1. Conduct Workforce Research and Regional Labor Market (LMI) Analysis
  2. Convene Stakeholders and Leverage Resources and Expertise in the Local Area
  3. Facilitate Employer Engagement
  4. Provide Program Oversight
  5. Assist with Negotiation of Local Performance Accountability Measures
  6. Designate & Certify One-Stop Operators and Assist with Selection of Providers
  7. Approve Eligible Training Providers
  8. Conduct oversight for local youth workforce investment activities
  9. Provide Budget and Administrative Oversight
  10. Develop and Implement Career Pathways Strategy
  11. Promote Proven and Best Practices
  12. Promote Use of Technology
  13. Conduct Assessment of One-Stop accessibility for individuals with disabilities.
  14. Leverage Resources and Capacity

  Board Meeting Schedule:

The Duluth Workforce Development Board meets on the 3rd Monday of each month from 3:00-4:30 PM.  Meeting dates and times may periodically change due to holidays or other factors.  To confirm time and location of a meeting, please call Paula at 218-730-5241.


4/15/2019 April Agenda
3/18/2019 March Agenda
2/25/2019 Feb Agenda
1/28/2019 Jan Agenda
12/17/2018 December Agenda


12/3/2019 September Meeting Minutes
3/18/2019 Mar Minutes
2/25/2019 Feb Minutes
1/28/2019 Jan Minutes
12/17/2018 December Minutes


Membership Roster

The composition of the Workforce Development Board is  governed by the federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act and all appointments are made in accordance with WIOA Chapter 2 Section 107.  Each area’s workforce board and local elected officials provide leadership and direction for local workforce development programs, which are tailored to meet the specific needs of their communities.

Duluth Workforce Development Board Standing Committee Descriptions


Additional Resources Related to WIOA and the Minnesota Workforce System


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law on July 22, 2014.  WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  WIOA is designed to help both job seekers and businesses.  WIOA addresses the needs of job seekers through establishing a workforce system that helps them access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market.  WIOA addresses employer needs by matching them to skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. 


Minnesota Workforce Council Association

MWCA represents the cooperative efforts of the local workforce development system across the state. The Association provides a central forum for the partners to discuss common interests, develop policy consensus, share successful strategies and maintain lines of communication with state and federal governments.

Governor’s Workforce Development Board

Made up of leaders from business, education, labor, community organizations, and state and local governments, the GWDB forges practical solutions to Minnesota’s workforce challenges and provides leadership on initiatives that are of strategic importance to the state.  The GWDB is Minnesota’s state Workforce Development Board, mandated by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 and further defined by Minnesota Statutes §166L.665

Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDA) in Minnesota


Regional Workforce Development Areas (RWDA) in Minnesota


Elena Foshay
402 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 302-8400


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