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Idaho Workforce Development Council

The Idaho Workforce Development Council, as an independent office under the Governor, was established in October 2017 by Executive Order 2017-13. The executive order responded to recommendations made by Governor Otter’s Workforce Development Task Force to “Increase the role and responsibilities of an industry-driven Workforce Development Council to champion the development and implementation of a statewide, strategic workforce development plan that meets industries’ needs today and tomorrow.” The executive order also charges the Council with ensuring the recommendations of the Task Force are implemented.

In conjunction with the executive order, membership of the Council was reestablished to come into compliance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, as the Council also serves as the State Workforce Investment Board. While the number of members on the Council increased from 25 to 36, the increase was largely due to increasing private sector involvement. The executive order also stipulated that the executive committee of the Council be selected from the private sector members.

During the 2018 Legislative session, House Bill 432 was introduced to codify the changes made to the Council by executive order. In addition, the responsibility for the Workforce Development Training Fund was shifted wholly to the Council. House Bill 432 was signed into law on March 12, 2018.

Our Vision

We envision a future where Idaho’s diverse and prepared workforce meets the needs of our unique communities and employers.

Our Mission

We champion strategies that prepare Idahoans for careers that meet employers' needs.

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