Workforce Development Board



To cultivate a dynamic workforce development system that stimulates economic development in the cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem, and the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, and Roanoke


To provide an effective workforce development system which produces well-trained, highly-skilled workers, promotes a good quality of life for individuals and families, and enhances regional economic growth.

Mission & Vision

The Western Virginia Workforce Development Board is one of 16 federally mandated organizations in the Commonwealth of Virginia overseen by the Virginia Workforce Council in compliance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)(2015-2020). The Act focuses on meeting the needs of businesses for skilled workers and individuals' needs for training, education, and employment. Key components of the Act enable customers to easily access the information and services they need through the "One-Stop" system, empower adults to obtain the training they find most appropriate through Individual Training Accounts, and ensure that all state and local programs meet customer expectations.

Members of the Western Virginia Workforce Development Board represent the community leaders from business, education, local government and service providers. Funded through the U.S. Department of Labor, the Board's mission is to cultivate a dynamic workforce development system that stimulates economic development.

The Board meets its mission through the "one-stop" workforce centers which provide individuals with appropriate training, education, and support services. We help meet the needs to businesses by developing a trained and skilled workforce with the skills needed in today's economy. We help service providers by connecting them to the individuals in need of assistance, links to alternative resources and educating them about the demands of employers.