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The statewide workforce development system is comprised of 49 Local Workforce Development Areas (Local Area), each with its own business-led Local Workforce Development Board (Local Board). These Local Boards work in concert with their local Chief Elected Official to oversee the delivery of workforce services relevant to their local residents and businesses. Critical to their charge is their oversight of the local One-Stop Career Centers which are the hub of the statewide service delivery vehicle for workforce, education, and business services. Workforce funds allocated to Local Boards support the job training, placement, and business services delivered though the One-Stop Career Centers. These Centers, through partnerships with other local, state and federal agencies, education and economic development organizations provide access to job, skill development and business services vital to the social and economic well-being of their communities.
LWDB Functions
As community leader, there are five ways that LWDBs can carry out their role. The list below is intended to be descriptive, rather than prescriptive, since each LWDB in California will find that it incorporates most of these roles in varying degrees in all aspects of their work.
The LWDB as Convener:  Bringing together business, labor, education, and economic development to focus on community workforce issues. LWDBs bring together business leaders to respond to local workforce needs with an understanding and focus only possible at the regional level.
The LWDB as Workforce Analyst:  Developing, disseminating and understanding current labor market and economic information and trends. Information about jobs and career pathways, described in accessible ways, is a critical function of the LWDB.
The LWDB as Workforce Broker:  Bringing together systems to solve common problems or brokering new relationships with businesses and workers. It is not always enough to get everyone in the same room.
The LWDB as Community Voice:  Advocating for the importance of workforce policy, providing perspective about the need for skilled workers. LWDBs are an important nexus of communication, facilitating dialogue between employers, policymakers, and the public.
The LWDB as Capacity Builder:  Enhancing the region's ability to meet the workforce needs of local employers. For many programs, success is measured by the dozen, when actual demand is in the hundreds or thousands.
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