NW WDB Employer Engagement Committee Meeting

The Northwest Workforce Development Board Employer Engagement Committee will conduct business in open session via conference call on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

The Committee meeting announcement and agenda are available for download below.  Committee Members are:  Kristie Arthur; Juanita Assel; Lana Beavers; Gary Clapp (Chair), Becky Cleveland; Erin Dennis; Tina Gillespie; Micah Landes; Phil Larabee; Kim Mildward; Lea Norris; Gregg Roberts; and Becky Wiederholt.

Anyone is welcome to join the call:  866-906-0040; use participant code 7141429#


Meeting Minutes

Available for download below, you will find minutes from our March 3, 2020 NW WDB meeting.  I have also attached a “Report Card” of performance by region in the state of Missouri that is referenced in the minutes.

If you have questions as you review the attachments, please feel free to call.


Board Meeting

Available for download below you will find the Northwest Workforce Development Board Tuesday, March 3, 2020 meeting announcement, agenda, and supporting documents.  We will meet at the St. Joseph Job Center (2202 Frederick Avenue, St. Joseph); we will have a light meal at 4:00 and the business meeting will begin at 4:30.

Also available for download are documents from Kim Mildward,  NW region One-Stop Operator; they are supporting documents for agenda item C.2.

PLEASE RSVP so we have a proper meal count and avoid ordering too little or too much food!

See you in St. Joseph on Tuesday, March 3rd.


Public Notice

The Northwest Region Workforce Investment Board, comprised of the 18 contiguous counties of Northwest Missouri, will have available for public review and comment its 3-Year Plan. This Plan, for the period July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023, which addresses services and funding levels under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (P.L. 113-128), will be available for review on February 17, 2020.

Click Here to View the Local Plan

Any comments concerning the Plan or to petition for disapproval or change of the Plan, please contact either the WDB Director or the Office of Workforce Development’s Planning and Research Section at PO Box 1087, 301 West High Street, Suite 870, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1087 or owdlocalplan@dhewd.mo.gov.  Petitions for disapproval or change must be received no later than noon, March 16, 2020.

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,