The Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board (PA WIB) is the governor's principal private-sector policy advisor on building a strong workforce development system aligned with state education policies and economic development goals. Its members are appointed by the governor and represent a cross-section of business executives, labor officials, education leaders, economic development practitioners and local elected officials. Additionally, the cabinet secretaries of five state agencies, as well as four members of the general assembly, serve on the board.
The PA WIB was established February 14, 2000 by Executive Order of Governor Tom Ridge. In early 2012, Governor Tom Corbett reorganized the membership of the PA WIB. He reappointed David Malone, the President and CEO of Gateway Financial Group, to be the board's chair. Mr. Malone has served as chair of the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board since 2004.
The board's mission is to ensure that Pennsylvania's entire workforce system, covering many programs in multiple departments and agencies, meets employers' needs for skilled workers and workers' needs for career and economic advancement. Additionally, the board is responsible for providing policy guidance and direction, evaluating performance and recommending continuous improvements.
New - Notice of Grant Availability
Many economic development projects, whether new business development, relocations or expansion of existing facilities, include significant workforce development components. Employers often need to hire additional new employees or train existing employees as part of a project. Local workforce and economic development efforts within a region should be synergistic through recruitment and training programs. Governor Corbett has created the JOBS1st PA Regional Partnerships - a Workforce/Economic Development Collaborative to better connect Local Workforce Investment Boards and Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) partners. This new effort will coordinate workforce recruitment, training programs, and economic development at a regional level. This increased coordination between two regional networks that represent job seekers and job creators is the mechanism by which employee recruitment efforts can be met and training programs can be developed to meet employer-demand.
This Notice of Grant Availability (NGA) outlines the requirements necessary to obtain JOBS1st PA Regional Partnership grant funds. Using these funds, our LWIBS and PREP partners will be able to strengthen workforce and economic development collaboration at a regional level to develop a highly skilled available workforce which will support business growth and attraction.
Questions regarding the content of this NGA must be submitted, in writing, via RA-LI-PAWIB@PA.GOV