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WIOA Title I-A & I-B Policy & Procedure Manual
Ch. 1) Administration and Governance

1.4 Local Workforce Development Boards (Local WDBs)

1.4.8 Local WDB Membership and Criteria 1

Effective date: July 1, 2017

The chief elected officials (CEOs) in each local area shall appoint members to the local WDB in accordance with the criteria outlined below:


No less than 51% of each local WDB shall be representatives of businesses in the local area.

Local WDB members representing the Business category must be:

Business Category Nominations

CEOs in each local area must solicit nominations for local WDB representatives from local business organizations and business trade associations, and make appointments to the local WDB from among the individuals nominated.


Not less than 20% of the members of each local WDB shall be representatives of the workforce within the local area.

In this category, local WDBs must include:

In local areas where no organized labor representation exists, CEOs shall ensure that at least two (2) other representatives of employees are included in the local WDB membership.

In local areas where no joint labor-management program exists, CEOs shall ensure that at least one (1) additional representative of an apprenticeship program is included in the local WDB membership.

Labor Representative Nominations

For local WDB representatives from labor organizations and joint labor-management programs, CEOs must solicit nominations from local labor federations, and then must make appointments to the local WDB from those individuals nominated.

Within the Workforce category, CEOs may also include:

Education and Training

In this category, local WDBs must include:

In cases where there is more than one (1) provider of AEFLA activities, or multiple institutions of higher education providing workforce investment activities, operating within the local area, the CEO must solicit nominations from those providers and institutions, and appoint required representatives from among the individuals nominated. There is no requirement that the local WDB include a representative from each provider operating within the local area.

Within this category, CEOs may also include:

Government and Economic and Community Development

In this category, local WDBs must include:

See Special Note About Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Appointees.

In the event one or more of the DWD-appointed positions becomes vacant during the two (2) year certification period, the local WDB must follow the procedures outlined in Changes to Local WDB Membership to notify the LPL of the vacancy so the DWD Secretary can appoint a replacement.


CEOs may appoint other individuals to the local WDB at their discretion, including:

If appointing other representatives, the CEO must ensure that required percentages for Business (at least 51%) and Workforce (at least 20%) categories are maintained.

For a summary of WDB Membership Requirements, including recommendations for appropriate nominating agencies in each category, please see Attachment A, Table 1.4.1: Summary of WDB Membership Requirements.

Representation of Multiple Categories

Members of a local WDB may be appointed as representatives to multiple categories if they meet all the criteria for representation in each of those categories. 4

In cases where a single individual is representing multiple categories, the individual shall only receive one (1) vote.

When no representation of multiple categories occurs, the minimum size of a local WDB will be 23 members. [Attachment A, Table 1.4.2: Minimum Board Membership for Compliance]

Demographic and Geographic Diversity

CEOs in each local area shall strive to ensure that their local WDB includes adequate representation of diversity in the following areas:

Additional Requirements

Members appointed to the local WDB must be individuals with optimum policy-making authority within the entities they represent, meaning they can reasonably be expected to speak affirmatively on behalf of the entities they represent and commit those entities to a chosen course of action. 5

All required local WDB members, as outlined above, must have voting privilege. The CEO may choose whether or not to convey voting privileges to non-required members. 6

Optimum Policymaking or Hiring Authority

The individual can be reasonably expected to speak on behalf of the organization, and commit the organization to a course of action.

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