Workforce Development Boards drive the vision for the workforce system at the state and local levels, and engage funders, partners, employers, and community members around that vision. The resources in this section help boards align their work with partners, including efforts around career pathways and sector strategies.

Resources in this section are designed to address these goals:
  • Creating vision and aligning major systemic changes
  • Effectively partnering and driving strategy

Bringing Business to the Table: Why Boards are Business-Led, is a 2-part podcast series of business leaders describing the importance of employer leadership for Workforce Development Boards (WDB’s).

Podcast 1- How employers across the country became interested in WDB’s, and why engagement is important

Podcast 2- How to get involved, return on investment of time, and advice for driving a strategic role for WDB’s 

Strategic Action. This Training Presentation centers on differentiating between tactical action and strategic action and includes a training exercise. This Handout provides an informative table on strategic vs. tactical action.

Effective Boards., may be useful for new board members.Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact: A Four-Part Series This resource, 

State Vision and Planning.. Pathways and Partnerships: New Jersey’s Blueprint for Talent Development This is an example of the results of one state’s plan to align efforts for successful workforce development –

Strategic Boards Peer Learning Group. This collaborative ION page provides links to recordings of past peer learning calls related to driving vision for boards and planning.

Engaging Board MembersWorkforce Board Leader Contributions Tool.. This is a tool for board staff seeking to better engage members –

Partnerships with Economic Development organizations, this page holds a number of resources focused on aligning across programs. 

Partnerships - the Workforce Innovation Networks InitiativeIntermediaries Support Regional Economic Development by working with education and leveraging resources.

Sector Strategies. offers a number of specific strategies and information. Business Engagement Community of Practice For more advanced planning and development of sector strategies, the

Local Planning will be helpful for board members and staff looking for new ideas around planning. Arapahoe Douglas Workforce Development Board Strategic Priorities Plan,The

Regionalism Peer Learning Group recording for board members and partners interested in learning more.

Quick Start Action Planners (QSAPs). are a tool to help boards examine their current operations and strategies, and identify areas of strength and areas for improvement.