Southern Maryland to Get Workforce Investment Board


BALTIMORE (April 28, 2008) – Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Secretary Thomas E. Perez today applauded the Southern Maryland Tri-County Council’s unanimous approval of the creation of a Workforce Investment Board to serve Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties. The Council voted Thursday evening to establish the Board, after the region has been without one since 2006. Workforce Development officials from DLLR were instrumental in gaining approval for the new Board.

“Having a Workforce Investment Board in the region will ensure Southern Maryland can benefit from workforce grants available from the federal government. The Board will play a critical role in identifying and addressing the needs of employers in the region, as well as ensuring Southern Marylanders have access to the services they need for success in the workforce,” Secretary Perez said.

“Local Workforce Investment Boards play a major role in a region’s economic development, and are critical to ensuring that workforce programs are aligned with the region’s needs,” Assistant Secretary for Workforce Development Andrew A. Moser said. “The Council’s decision to establish a Workforce Investment Board will greatly benefit all of Southern Maryland and the region’s economy.”

The Tri-County Council will oversee the Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board, which will be funded by Federal Workforce Investment Act dollars. Local elected officials from the three counties will appoint the members of the Board, which will include representatives from the business community, local government, the education community, local labor organizations and community organizations.

“The Tri-County Council is pleased to make the citizens and businesses of Southern Maryland eligible for these vitally needed workforce and job training funds,” said Charles County Commissioner Gary V. Hodge, Chairman of the Tri-County Council.

Local Workforce Investment Boards, or LWIBs, work to develop job training programs and workforce development programs that will most benefit their local areas and meet the needs of employers in the region. The boards are responsible for the distribution of federal Workforce Investment Act dollars to educational institutions, community organizations and employers for training programs.

“All 15 members of the Boards of County Commissioners in Southern Maryland and the members of the Southern Maryland delegation responded to the solid commitment of Governor Martin O'Malley, Secretary Thomas Perez and Assistant Secretary Andy Moser to provide our citizens in Southern Maryland with the tools needed for workforce training, recruitment, retention and skills enhancement,” said Wayne E. Clark, Executive Director of the Tri-County Council. “We look forward to working with businesses and local, state and federal stakeholders to make the new workforce program a benefit to the citizens working or wishing to work in our region.”

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