CLEO Coordinating Committee and NW WDB Executive Committee Conference Call

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires that each Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the Chief Local Elected Officials (CLEOs), develops a local plan for their respective Workforce Development Board region.  As such, and in order to meet the deadline established by Missouri Office of Workforce Development, we will hold a meeting in open session via conference call for review of the Local Plan.  

The call will be on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.  The call-in number for our conference call is 866-906-0040; participant code 7141429#

I realize this may be a holiday for some, but I hope you will join the hour-long call to provide input and feedback on the NW WDB PY2020 – PY2023 Local Plan. The meeting announcement is available for download below.

The plan in its entirety is available for download at the bottom of this announcement. Also available for download below are the narrative section and the newly-developed MOU/IFAs that were presented to the Board Executive Committee and CLEO Coordinating Committee.

  • The call-in Number for our conference call is 866-906-0040; participant code 7141429#.
  • In the plan, required responses are in red font; NW WDB responses are in blue font;
  • Board and CLEOs have seen many of the attachments (there are 33 of them, most are policites);
  • There is a significant amount of demographic data from Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) that is specific to the NW region that may be of particular interest;
  • If a specific section or attachment of the plan interests you, you can click on that section link in the table of contents to go directly to it;
  • The NW WDB CLEO Coordinating Committee members are: Phillip Ray, Chair; Bill Walker: Ed Douglas; and Lee Sawyer
  • The NW WDB Executive Committee members are:  Gregg Roberts, Chair; Lea Norris, Vice-Chair; Juanita Assel,  Secretary;  Julia Birkeness, Treasurer; Tina Gillespie, and Betty Wymore.
  • All Commissioners, Board members, and WIOA partners are invited to participate.

  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Minutes from the CLEO and NW WDB Executive Committee Conference Calls

The minutes from the January 28, 2020 CLEO Coordinating Committee conference call and the January 30, 2020 NW WDB Executive Committee conference call are available for download below.  Both groups reviewed the Memorandum of Understanding and Infrastructure Funding Agreements (MOU/IFAs) – a requirement of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).


NW WDB Youth Advisory Committee Conference Call

The NW WDB Youth Advisory Committee will convene via conference call on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.  The announcement and agenda are available for download below.

The Youth Advisory Committee is required to review and provide input on the sections of the PY 2020 – PY 2023 NW WDB Local Plan.  In the attachment (and in red font), are the sections/questions we are required to respond to.  The blue font are either updated responses, or responses that have been in our local plan in the past.  We will review all the information and seek Youth Advisory Committee input.

The conference call number is:  866-906-0040; participant code 7141429#.  Business will be conducted in open session; Youth Advisory Committee members are required to participate, others may join if they wish.

Youth Advisory Committee members are:  Juanita Assel (Committee Chair); Julia Birkeness; Karen Bryant; Erin Dennis; Tina Gillespie; Robin Hammond; Cole Kiner; Anne Long; Mike Veale; and Rita Wallinga

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Chief Local Elected Official Conference Call and Executive Committee Conference Call

Under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), each Workforce Development Board is required to establish a Memorandum of Understanding and Infrastructure Funding Agreements (MOU/IFAs) for our regional Job Centers.  The NW WDB staff and our One-Stop Operator have developed the MOU/IFA and will present them to the CLEO Coordinating Committee and the NW WDB Executive Committee for review and approval, which is mandated by the federal act.

Available for download below is the meeting announcement and MOU/IFA document that will be discussed during the conference calls; these are open business meeting sessions – anyone is welcome to participate.  Tuesday, January 28th at 1:00 is the CLEO call; Thursday, January 30th at 8:00 a.m. is the NW WDB Executive Committee call.  Both meetings have the same agenda and will cover the same material; you only need to participate in one.

The call-in number is 866-906-0040; use participant code 7141429#. 

Thank you,

NW WDB Employer Engagement Committee Conference Call

A meeting of the NW WDB Employer Engagement Committee will take place via conference call on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.  The Committee members are: Kristie Arthur, Juanita Assel, Lana Beavers, Gary Clapp (chair), Becky Cleveland, Tina Gillespie, Micah Landes, Phil Larabee, Kim Mildward, Lea Norris, Gregg Roberts, and Becky Wiederholt.   This will be an open meeting; any other interested parties are welcome to join. 

Available for download below is an agenda and the call-in information (866-906-0040; participant code 7141429#); we will take care of business in an hour or less. 

I anticipate receiving information from MERIC with regional employer data before January 15th; I will forward it when received.

NW WDB Employer Engagement Committee Conference Call


The Employer Engagement Committee of the NW Workforce Development Board will conduct business in open session via conference call on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 8:15 a.m.  Dr. Gary Clapp, NW Workforce Development Board Employer Engagement Committee Chair, will lead the meeting; the agenda is available for download below.  I’ve also made available for download the revised (and Board approved) NW WDB Strategic Priorities and Strategic Planning Matrix in case they are referenced during the call.

To participate, please use the NW WDB conference call line 866-906-0040; participant code 7141429#.

Board Meeting Minutes


Minutes from the December 3, 2019 NW Workforce Development Board meeting are available for download below.   During the meeting, I announced there are vacant business and industry seats on the Board; I am including the list of counties from which we are seeking nominations to fill those seats.

A business and industry Board member is needed for each of the following counties:

  1. Atchison
    1. Clinton
    1. Holt
    1. Linn
    1. Putnam
    1. Worth

Communication to the respective county Presiding Commissioners was sent last week by NW WDB Fiscal Manager Jeanie Griffin; WDB staff will pursue any leads provided. 

To qualify as a business and industry representative, the following guidance is provided by Office of Workforce Development:

  • Are owners of businesses, chief executives or operating officers of businesses, or other business executives or employers with optimum policy-making or hiring authority. (The term “optimum policy-making authority” means an individual who can reasonably be expected to speak affirmatively on behalf of the entity he or she represents and to commit that entity to a chosen course of action [WIOA implementing regulations, 20 CFR 679.340(a)]); and
  • Represent businesses, including small business or organizations representing businesses described in this clause that provide employment opportunities that, at a minimum, include high-quality, work-relevant training and development in in-demand industry sectors or occupations in the local area [WIOA sec. 107(b)(2)(A)(i) and (ii)] (our regional in-demand industries are manufacturing, healthcare, banking/insurance, agriculture, retail);  and
  • Represent employment opportunities in high-growth, in-demand industry sectors within each region that are willing to engage in collaborative implementation of the sector-strategy implementation plan developed by the Missouri industry/sector partnership [WIOA sec. 3(26)]; and
  • Must be appointed from among individuals nominated by local business organizations and business trade associations [WIOA sec. 107(b)(2)(A)(iii)].

Please assist us as we fill vacant seats on the Board – our vacancies are problematic; federal regulations require that we have a business majority quorum.

As always, please contact me with any questions.

Board Meeting

Available for download below are 2 documents for our December 3, 2019 Northwest Workforce Development Board meeting.  The first document includes the meeting announcement/location; the agenda; and supporting documents. The second attachment is new and updated NW WDB policies to be reviewed.   

BE AWARE – the agenda is 60 pages long; the policies document is 57 pages (which is why I divided them).  You can chose to print one, both, or none (and use an electronic device during the meeting)!  I have printed 5 extra sets to bring to the meeting.  

We are meeting at the St. Joseph Job Center, 2202 Frederick, St. Joseph.  Directions to the meeting location are on the meeting announcement page.  

I am requesting that you kindly RSVP.  

Hope to see you December 3rd and in the meantime, have a wonderful family-, food- and football-filled Thanksgiving!

Meeting of the NW WDB Chief Local Elected Officials (CLEO) Coordinating Committee

The Northwest region Chief Local Elected Officials (CLEO) Coordinating Committee will meet at 2:00  Tuesday, November 12, 2019  at the NW WDB office (912 Main Street, Trenton).  The agenda and supporting documents are available for download below.  Space at the meeting location is somewhat limited; if you wish to participate, I would encourage joining via conference call.  However, we will accommodate those who attend in person.