Legislation revises makeup of workforce development board
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 10:46 AM
The Iowa Workforce Development Board's membership structure has been revised under legislation recently signed by Gov. Terry Branstad. The legislation, House File 572, brings the board structure into compliance with the requirements outlined by the Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The federal law, enacted in 2014, is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with skilled workers. The board's voting members currently include four business and four labor representatives. Under the state legislation, effective upon Branstad's signature, the board's voting membership includes 17 business members, four labor members, two representatives of community-based organizations and one representative of a registered apprenticeship program, along with the governor, various state agency representatives and elected officials. "Creating a board structure that includes a majority of business representatives provides Iowa with critical insights and perspectives into future workforce needs," IWD Director Beth Townsend said in a release.