Workforce Development Board

Overview of the New York City Workforce Development Board (WDB)

The NYC Workforce Development Board (WDB) engages leaders from the private sector, public agencies, labor unions and community-based organizations – all volunteers appointed by the Mayor – to inform the City's policies and services for adult learners, jobseekers, and employers. The WDB is chartered by the federal government through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and managed by the NYC Office of Workforce Development.

The WDB conducts oversight of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (in PDF), or WIOA, allocations and sets broad priorities to help ensure that workforce initiatives successfully fulfill the Mayor's vision of a strong workforce development system. This vision includes three key components:
  1. A strong linkage to economic development projects in all five boroughs
  2. A tight connection with businesses to ensure their needs are met
  3. Services that effectively and efficiently connect New Yorkers to jobs in demand