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Workforce Board

What is the Workforce Development Board?

The primary purpose of the Lower Shore Workforce Development Board is to provide policy and oversight for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds awarded to the Lower Shore of Maryland Local Workforce Development Area (WDA).

An explanation of

Workforce Development Board

The Lower Shore Workforce Development Board is federally mandated to work with major corporations, small businesses, educational institutions, community-based organizations and labor organizations to provide workforce development leadership throughout the region. The Lower Shore Workforce Development Board links adults and youth in the Lower Shore region with career opportunities in emerging and critical industries. We are dedicated to creating a community driven economy.

Meetings are held quarterly; locations are throughout the tri-county area. Meetings begin promptly at 11:00 am. Upcoming dates are:

  • June 12, 2024 – University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD
  • September 4, 2024 – TBD
  • December 11, 2024 – TBD
  • March 12, 2025 – TBD

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is a sub-committee of the Board whose purpose is to set the agenda for full Board meetings, make recommendations to the Board on actionable items, and review staff recommendations related to all aspects of funding. Steering Committee members are appointed from the membership of the Board.

Meetings are held at least quarterly. Upcoming meeting dates are subject to change. Meetings are held via Zoom from 3:00 to 4:30 pm. Upcoming dates are:

  • June 5, 2024
  • August 21, 2024
  • November 20, 2024
  • February 26, 2025

Youth Committee

The Youth Committee serves as architects in designing and building comprehensive youth services at the local level. It identifies gaps in services and develops a strategy to use competitive selections or community partnerships to address unmet needs of youth. It coordinates youth policies, ensures quality services, leverages financial and programmatic resources, recommends eligible youth services providers and prepares and discusses planning for the Youth Advisory Committee meetings.

Youth Committee meetings are held bi-monthly. Upcoming meeting dates are subject to change. Meetings are held via Zoom, except for where indicated, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM.  Upcoming dates are:

  • June 10, 2024
  • August 12, 2024
  • October 7, 2024
  • December 9, 2024

Grants and contracts

LSWA utilizes a competitive bid process to select service providers for the delivery of training and employment programs funded by WIOA.

PY2021 Grants and Contracts:

One-Stop Operator

ProjectNow, LLC was selected as the One Stop Operator for the period January 1 – December 31, 2022.

Out-of-School Youth, October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022