The vision for the workforce is the Lehigh Valley has a world-class competitive workforce to support economic growth Under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 each local area within the State is required to have a Workforce Investment Board. The Local Board is appointed by the local elected official(s) and is certified every two years by the Governor. The Governor is also responsible for establishing the criteria for use by the chief elected official(s) in appointing the Local Board members.
To ensure an employer demand-driven world class workforce system aligned with economic development, education and the community focusing on targeted industry clusters.
The goals are as follows: Goal #1: Analyze and identify those clusters with sustainable growth industries in the region as the primary workforce focus Goal #2: Develop data driven innovative and cost effective workforce strategies that meet employer needs Goal #3: Build key partnerships to align education, economic development and workforce development to meet employer needs Goal #4: Restructure CareerLink® Operations to enhance employer and job seeker services to support family-sustaining employment opportunities Goal #5: Maximize resource effectiveness at the federal, state, regional and local levels