Massachusetts WIOA Regional Workforce Development Planning
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 and WIOA is to use the same
regional boundaries between economic development, workforce, education and key partners. Each region
will be asked 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, and workforce training
officials are coordinated in a way that creates strong talent pipelines, for both middle-skilled and highly