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How governors can execute their vision for workforce development: policy levers available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

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This brief outlines the menu of policy options Governors have available to them when assessing how to optimize their public workforce system so that it responds to their state or territory’s priority needs and builds more sustainable talent pipelines for tomorrow.


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To help ensure Governors and their appointed workforce development board and agency leaders are informed of the full set of tools at their disposal, the Workforce Development & Economic Policy program in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices has prepared this brief to outline the unique policy levers available to Governors under Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This brief focuses largely on Title I of WIOA because it represents most of the federal workforce development funding that flows directly to states and territories, authorizes an array of activities and services designed to connect individuals to employment opportunities through American Job Centers, and establishes state and local workforce development boards to guide these activities.

Developed through a comprehensive review of WIOA’s statute, final rule, and relevant guidance (as well as through years of collaboration with local,…



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