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The Columbia-Greene Workforce Development Board (WDB)

Columbia Greene Workforce Development Board
The July 20th Workforce Board Meeting has been RESCHEDULED for September 21, 2021 @ 4:30 pm

Workforce Board Members,

The July 20th Workforce Board Meeting has been RESCHEDULED for September 21, 2021 @ 4:30 pm. Due to current Board vacancies, a quorum would not be available in July. We are working to get some new business members on Board for fall.

The PY21 Board meeting schedule is below-- We hope to have a welcome back dinner meeting on September 21st at 4:30 at Columbia Greene College and a regular meeting on October 19th. We are working with the college to establish a safe, comfortable meeting space. We are also working on options so that members who can not attend in person can connect to the meeting via Zoom. I will be in touch with more details once a meeting space is finalized.

As our committees have continued to meet, I will send out Committee Reports next week to provide an update on current initiatives and Board/Office activities.

As we all continue to face workforce challenges, please let me know if you know a Business Representative in either county who has an interest in developing our local workforce & would be willing to serve on the Board. Thank you.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy summer.

Best regards, Katy Drake

The WDB is a government appointed, local Board that is responsible for providing leadership, influence, focus and oversight for our local workforce development system. For the Columbia-Greene area, this means integrating an economic and workforce investment system that provides an environment for success for both business and workers as we all deal with the ever-increasing changes with technology, markets and high performance workplaces.

The Workforce Development System is the totality of all the public and private investments and activities undertaken to insure that all individuals are both employable and have jobs while simultaneously ensuring that companies can achieve the skilled workforce they need to be successful in the world marketplace.

    The WDB's mission is to:
  • Develop strategies to continuously improve and strengthen the workforce development system.
  • Promote innovation and alignment among the employment, training, and education programs in our area to promote economic growth through a job driven workforce investment system.

The majority of Board members represent private businesses in the twin counties. The industries represented on the WDB include manufacturing, tourism, personal and business services, energy and health care.

One of the major responsibilities of the Board is to determine local in-demand occupations and approve local educational organizations as training providers for WIOA eligible customers:

Access Workforce Development Board Membership here.

Access Workforce Development Board Meeting Minutes here.

Access statewide information about the public workforce system here:

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For more information contact the Columbia-Greene Career Center, (518) 828-4181 ext. 5510,TDD/TTY (518) 828-1399 or e-mail us .