Governor forms State Workforce Development Board

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GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres has created a State Workforce Development Board in compliance with U.S. Public Law 113-128, which amended the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

The law aims “to strengthen the United States workforce development system through innovation in, and alignment and improvement of employment, training, and education programs in the U.S. and to promote individual and national economic growth.”

The law requires governors to establish a state workforce development board. “which shall include the governor, a member of each chamber of the state legislature, and members appointed by the governor of whom a majority shall be representatives of businesses and not less than 20 percent shall be representatives of the workforce.”

In his letter Monday to Speaker Blas Jonathan Attao, the governor said the board will include stakeholders from both the private and public sectors, “with the specific inclusion of each chamber of the local Legislature, appointed by the respective presiding officers.”

Torres added, “In accordance with the requirements of the law, I am requesting the appointment of a member of your chamber to serve a two-year term on the [board] as representative of the House.”

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