Governor's Workforce Development Board Established

By executive order issued on May 1, 1997, Governor George V. Voinovich established a 19 member Governor's Workforce Development Board (GWDB) to advise him on matters relating to workforce training and development. In the same order, the previous Executive Order establishing the Governor's Human Resource Investment Council (GHRIC) was officially revoked. The new Board will assume many of the functions previously ascribed to the GHRIC, which fell out of favor following meetings late last summer. At that time several members raised concerns about elements of the workforce development "reengineering" plan Anderson Consulting was developing under contract from the state during. Specifically, GHRIC members questioned the plan's perceived primary focus on welfare reform issues and well the short timeframe in which the plan was being produced.

What will the GWDB do?

According to the Executive Order establishing it, the major responsibilities of the new GWDB are

  • to develop and recommend to the Governor a plan for implementing Ohio's workforce development strategy as outlined in Jobs: Ohio's Future. In so doing, the GWDB will address issues related to human resource and economic development needs; and
  • to review plans of all relevant state programs including, "Ohio's One Stop Career Center Systems, Ohio's School-to-Work Initiative, Employment Service Programs, Ohio Works First, Adult Basic Education and Literacy, Carl d. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education, Food Stamp Employment and Training, the Industrial Training Program, the Job Training Partnership programs administered by OBES, other programs identified in the report, Windows of Opportunity, and any activities that the Governor may ask the GWDB to address."

Who will be on the GWDB?

The GWDB members will include the Lieutenant Governor who will be the Chair of the Board, the Director of the Ohio Department of Human Services, the Administrator of the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services, the Director of the Ohio Department of Development, Ohio's Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, one member of the Ohio House of Representatives recommended by the Speaker of the House, and one member of the Ohio Senate recommended by the President of the Senate. The GWDB also will include three representatives of business and industry; three representatives of organized labor nominated by the recognized state labor federations; three representatives from local public education, postsecondary schools, and secondary or postsecondary vocational education; and one representative of a community-based organization.

According to Jim Mermis, of the Lieutenant Governor's office, since it will be impossible to appoint to the committee representatives of all possible stakeholder groups, committees will be established. Mermis indicated that One-Stop-Shop and School-to-Work Committees would definitely be formed.

The GWDB will operate according to bylaws which will be approved by the Governor, The GWDB will submit a report to the Governor annually.

From The Literacy Communicator, Columbus, OH. Vol. 12. No. 2, 1997