Regional Convener Declaration - DRAFT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT


In March 2015, the Governor signed into Virginia Code HB1986 which amended how the Commonwealth coordinates statewide delivery of workforce development and training programs and activities.  This new law included the following “Regional Convener Designation” requirement:


§2.2-2472.1. Regional convener designation required; development of regional workforce pipelines and training solutions.


  1. As used in this section, "regional convener" means the local workforce development board having responsibility for coordinating business, economic development, labor, regional planning commissions, education at all levels, and human services organizations to focus on community workforce issues and the development of solutions to current and prospective business needs for a skilled labor force at the regional level.
  2. As a condition of receiving WIOA funds, each local workforce development board shall either be designated as the regional convener for the WIOA region or enter into a memorandum of agreement supporting the public or private entity identified as serving as the regional convener.
  3. Each regional convener shall develop, in collaboration with other workforce development entities in the region, a local plan for employer engagement. The plan shall (i) specify the policies and protocols to be followed by all of the region's workforce development entities when engaging the region's employers, (ii) address how the region's workforce entities will involve employers in the formation of new workforce development initiatives, and (iii) identify what activities will be undertaken to address employers' specific workforce needs. Each region's plan should be reviewed by the Virginia Board of Workforce Development, and the board should recommend changes to the plans to ensure consistency across regions.



On December 3, 2015, the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council will vote to approve the following declaration:


As required by VA HB1986 section 2.2-2472.1, the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council designates itself as the “Regional Convener” serving Alexandria City and Arlington County, Virginia.  The Council, serving as the local Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Workforce Development Board, coordinates businesses, economic development agencies, labor, planning commissions, education institutions, and human services organizations in our region to focus on community workforce issues and develop solutions to current and prospective business needs for a skilled labor force.


Please direct all comments to by 5:00pm EST on November 20, 2015.


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The WIB is now the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council 

The Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council, formerly known as the Workforce Investment Board, serves as the local Workforce Development Board under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).  The Council’s mission is to advance workforce development programs and initiatives that achieve sustainable economic growth in Alexandria City and Arlington County.  We are a proud partner of Elevate Virginia


The Council is comprised of individuals representing business, economic development, housing and urban development, vocational rehabilitation, organized labor, and community-based organizations. Members of the Council are appointed by the Mayor of Alexandria City and the Arlington County Board Chair. 


The Workforce Council provides oversight over WIOA services at the region’s two One-Stop Employment Centers, the Alexandria Workforce Development Center and the Arlington Employment Center.  These services include financial support for college tuition and vocational certifications, subsidies for transportation, books and fees while in school, and uniforms for employment.


To be considered for eligibility for these services, please visit the Alexandria Workforce Development Center (for Alexandria City residents) and the Arlington Employment Center (for Arlington County residents).


New US Department of Labor has issued new WIOA guidance

Guidance on Services Provided through the Adult and Dislocated Worker Program under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA or Opportunity Act) and Wagner Peyser, as Amended by WIOA, and Guidance for the Transition to WIOA Services has been added to the ETA Advisory database and is now available at


New Food and Beverage Service Competency Model 

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation recently announced the debut of the Food and Beverage Service Competency Model – the first-ever competency model designed expressly for the restaurant and foodservice industry. The Food and Beverage Service Competency Model, which profiles the employability and technical skills essential to achieving life-long career success in the industry, is now represented as part of U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration’s Industry Competency Model Initiative.


The interactive model is hosted on the U.S. Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop website among 22 other high-growth industry competency models including construction, energy, health care, retail, and advanced manufacturing.  Click here to view the model.


Governor McAuliffe Unveils Major Workforce Development Initiative

Governor Terry McAuliffe signed executive order 23 establishing “The New Virginia Economy” Workforce Initiative, which will be led by Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. This initiative seeks to overhaul our economy in four ways: increasing postsecondary education and workforce credentials, securing employment for veterans, aligning education with the needs of businesses, and diversifying the economy.


“By better aligning workforce supply to employer demands, we can implement common-sense solutions that will help ensure Virginia’s workers can get the skills they need for the jobs they want,” said Governor McAuliffe. “In order to remain globally competitive, it is critical that Virginia’s workers have the tools they need to succeed in a 21st century economy.”


“Talent development is the most important ingredient for economic growth of the Commonwealth,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones. “On behalf of the Governor, I am working with public and private sector entities involved in workforce development to ensure that Virginia is the leading state for attainment of credentials that matter to business, industry and economic prosperity.”


“The directive regarding Virginia’s veterans is another strong example of how the Governor is positioning the Commonwealth to be the most veteran and military friendly state in the Union,” said Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs John Harvey. “Not only does it reinforce current cross-collaborative efforts within state government for hiring veterans, it bolsters what will be an ever increasing pipeline of highly-trained, well-disciplined and leadership-ready employees for our burgeoning Virginia businesses--from the healthcare industry, to cyber security and IT, modeling & simulation and beyond. The Governor’s coordinated directives of greater outreach to Commonwealth businesses and easier veteran transition to a career in this new Virginia economy will be a positive and powerful economic boost to our state’s economic future.”


“The Governor’s new Workforce Initiative is a tremendous step forward in combining post-secondary public education with the needs of businesses and a diverse economy,” said Secretary Holton. “We can’t expect Virginia to have a world-class workforce if we’re not willing to provide the education and training citizens need for the careers of the 21st Century. The Governor’s plan is bold, ambitious, and just what the Commonwealth needs to remain competitive.”


The executive order includes several ambitious goals, such as the “Pathway to 50K” initiative which sets a target of 50,000 credentials, licensures, apprenticeships, and sub-baccalaureate degrees earned that meet the immediate needs of Virginia’s workforce.


The Governor also unveiled “The Patriot Pledge,” which will ask 10,000 businesses to sign a pledge of commitment to hiring more veterans. This pledge will help recruit veterans to the Commonwealth, where they can take advantage of the ample opportunities our state provides.  


Click here to read more.


Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Is Now Law

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.

Every year the key programs that form the pillars of WIOA help tens of millions of job seekers and workers to connect to good jobs and acquire the skills and credentials needed to obtain them. The enactment of WIOA provides opportunity for reforms to ensure the American Job Center system is job-driven—responding to the needs of employers and preparing workers for jobs that are available now and in the future.


WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. In general, the Act takes effect on July 1, 2015, the first full program year after enactment, unless otherwise noted. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will issue further guidance on the timeframes for implementation of these changes and proposed regulations reflecting the changes in WIOA soon after enactment.  Click Here To Learn More


The Mission of the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council is to advance workforce development programs and initiatives that achieve sustainable economic growth in the region.

Next Workforce Council Meeting

Thursday, December 3, 2015

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Arlington County Human Services Center

2100 Washington Blvd., Lower Level Auditorium

Arlington, VA 22204


This meeting is open to the public.

Equal Opportunity Information

WIOA is an Equal Opportunity Program.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


City of Alexandria Government and Arlington County Government are Equal Opportunity Employers.


Local EO Officer

David Remick

2100 Washington Blvd., 1st Fl.

Arlington, VA 22204



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