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Workforce Development

Overview:

A bi-partisan, bi-cameral group of legislators recently introduced in Congress workforce development legislation, title the “Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act” (WIOA). This legislation is intended to replace the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

Workforce development is a cornerstone to the mission of the Greater Flagstaff Chamber. We work to advance a strong business climate and vibrant economy through community and economic development. That all starts with have a highly-skilled and educated workforce.

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act represents strong steps forward as our workforce needs move past what can be provided by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. A study from Georgetown University estimates that in the next eight years, the United States will fall short of the necessary number of skilled workers with the appropriate education to fill the needs of corporate America by over 11 million people. If this legislation passes, Congress will provide our nation with vital tools for improving our workforce development system and therefore elevating employment opportunities for many capable Americans.

WIOA creates
A streamlined workforce development system by:
- Eliminating 15 existing and duplicative programs.
- Applying a single set of outcome metrics to every federal workforce program under the Act.

Improves outreach by:
- Focusing youth program services on out-of-school youth, high school dropout recovery efforts, and attainment of recognized postsecondary credentials.
- Providing youth with disabilities the services and support they need to be successful in competitive, integrated employment.

Greater value by:
- Empowering local boards to tailor services to their region’s employment and workforce needs.

Next Steps:

Continue to advocate for the passage of the WIOA and signature by the President of the United States.

Legislative Watch:

H. 803
Sponsor: Virginia Foxx (NC)
Title: Skills Act
Status: PASSED - House (213 YEAS, 14 NAYS, 5 NOT VOTING). Transmitted to Senate.

Chamber Position: SUPPORT

S. 1911
Sponsor: Tim Scott (SC)
Title: Skills Act
Status: In Committee

Chamber Position: SUPPORT

Additional Material:

Summary of Legislation
Letter to Senator Flake
Text of Legislation