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MA and Pioneer Valley WIOA Regional Planning and Labor Market Blueprint

State Strategy

Goal 1: Align economic, workforce, and education systems to coordinate systems based on skill needs in regions.

The Governor has designated a new set of regional boundaries that roll up existing workforce development areas into a smaller set of regions. The new configuration organizes the 16 Workforce Investment Areas into 7 regions.

The purpose of the regional planning under the Workforce Skills Cabinet (WSC) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is to use the same regional boundaries between economic development, workforce, education and key partners to identify business demand for skills, create regional strategies, and align existing resources to this process.   The goal is to ensure that regional employers, educators, economic development entities, regional planning organizations and workforce training officials are coordinated in a way that creates strong talent pipelines, for both middle-skilled and highly skilled jobs.  A Labor Market Blueprint with strategies will be developed as an end-product to this process.

Please see Related Links to the right for the DRAFT Blueprint (comments welcome through March 2, 2018) an introduction to the Regional Planning by the WSC, the presentation slide decks from Pioneer Valley Regional Planning sessions, the WSC presentation and other documents leading into the DRAFT Blueprint.