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Strategic Plan

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) empowers the GWDB, state and local elected official and private-sector-led workforce boards with the responsibility of developing a strategic, integrated plan that supports economic growth and labor force needs intended to grow the capacity and performance of the state's workforce development system. The GWDB's Strategic Plan is an executive summary of the 2016-2020 Minnesota State Combined  State Plan submitted to the U. S. Departments of Labor and Education as required by the WIOA.

The Plan


To have a healthy economy where all Minnesotan's have - or on a path to - meaningful employment and a family sustaining wage, and where all employers are able to fill jobs in demand.


  1. Reduce educational, skills training and employment disparities based on race, disability, disconnected youth or gender.
  2. Build employer-led industry sector partnerships that expand the talent pipeline to be inclusive of gender, race and disability to meet industry demands for a skilled workforce.


The most effective method to achieve these goals is to strategically build on the state's robust Career Pathway System and align it with the purposes of WIOA and the needs of Minnesota's businesses and workforce.

The six key strategies are:

  • Business engagement
  • Community engagement
  • Customer-centered design
  • Funding and resources
  • Policy and system alignment
  • System management
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