Central Arkansas Workforce Investment Board
The Central Arkansas Workforce Investment Board was created in 2000 as required by the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998and the Arkansas Workforce Investment Act [Act 1125 of 1999]. The membership of the Central Arkansas Workforce Investment Board is appointed by thechief elected officials of the six-county area in accordance with criteria established under the Workforce Investment Act and is certified by the Governor of Arkansas.
In partnership with the chief elected officials, the Central Arkansas Workforce Investment Board sets policy for the portion of the statewide workforce investment system within the local area. The Central Arkansas Workforce Investment Board, in partnership with the chief elected official, develops the local workforce investment plan. The board’s activities are governed by its by-laws and an agreement between the board and the chief elected officials.
The Central Arkansas Workforce Investment Area comprises six counties: Faulkner, Monroe, Lonoke, Prairie, Saline, and Pulaski (except for the city of Little Rock, which is a separate workforce investment area). Four of these counties—Faulkner, Lonoke, Saline, and Pulaski—make up the Little Rock-North Little Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), an area with a diverse and relatively dynamic economy. The two remaining counties—Monroe and Prairie—are part of the Mississippi River Delta, an area in economic decline.
The Central Arkansas Workforce Investment Board has selected the Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, Inc. (CAPDD) as the One-Stop Operator for the area. As the One-Stop Operator, CAPDD operates five Arkansas Workforce Centers (One-Stops) and is the provider of WIA Title IB adult, dislocated worker, and youth services for the local area.
Comprehensive Local Plan
The Central Arkansas Workforce Investment Board is committed to a partnership approach to meeting the needs of business, providing career opportunities for workers, and assuring meaningful education and employment experiences for youth in the Central Arkansas Workforce Investment Area.
The Central Arkansas Workforce Investment Board also recognizes the need for a comprehensive local plan for the delivery of employment and training services in light of economic shifts, new initiatives, new mandates, and its vision for the economic and workforce development of the area. To this end, the Central Arkansas Workforce Investment Board has created a demand-driven, meaningful two-year plan in which the board has reprioritized and incorporated changes into the local system that will guide and inform the delivery of services over the next two years. This plan is the key to supporting strategic activities that will result in achieving a workforce system that provides high quality services to its business and job-seeking customers.
In planning strategically for the future, the Central Arkansas Workforce Investment Board assessed the previous five-year plan and how effective the plan was in accommodating the needs of the current workforce system. The evolution of the local workforce system through the previous five-year plan was the foundation for determining how this local area plan will move forward in providing services, meeting performance standards and meeting the economic and workforce challenges of the communities it serves.
Central Arkansas Workforce Development Board (list of our Board Members)