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Massachusetts WIOA Regional Workforce Development Planning

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.

MA WIOA Workforce Development 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

skilled jobs.