Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board, Inc.

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Welcome to the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board, Inc.


In October 2014, the NYS Department of Labor reported a 5.7% unemployment figure, compared with 6.8% in October 2013. Although many factors contribute to this decline, I believe that a critical component has been the One Stop system in Buffalo and Erie County.
The One Stop system provides services to unemployed and underemployed job seekers, such as resume writing, career exploration and access to training dollars to improve skills. It assists businesses by providing staffing resources and Human Resources administration assistance, and connects businesses with valuable statewide assistance in the form of tax credits and on-the-job training. Customers can access the services of the One Stop system in any of the five Career Centers in Buffalo and Erie County.
The Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) oversees this system, which is publicly funded by federal workforce investment dollars, and is operated by the Workforce Development Consortium (WDC). Our overall goal is to develop and sustain a unified, cost effective, labor market-driven system that facilitates economic development and business growth in our community.
We work closely with local and regional economic development agencies to ensure the resources we provide align with the priorities designated by the Regional Economic Development Council, and that we are responsive to the needs of area businesses. We also work closely with community-based organizations to eliminate barriers faced by job seekers, such as transportation, dependent care and educational requirements.
The upcoming year will be an exciting time for workforce development in our region. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) will be implemented, and replaces the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) as the legislation that structures and funds the federal workforce system. Key highlights of WIOA include fostering regional collaboration to meet the needs of local economies, streamlining Center-based processes for job seekers to provide easier access to training resources, and improving services to job seekers with disabilities.
We will continue to develop career pathways and training opportunities in demand industries, such as healthcare, construction and hospitality/ tourism. We will also expand services provided to out of-school youth while strengthening our ties with organizations that provide enrichment services to in-school youth.
I would like to thank Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and our board members for their support, and the staff of the One Stop system for their hard work and dedication to serving our customers. I look forward to working with all of you in 2015.
                                                           Heather Gresham, JD
                                                          Executive Director
                                                          Workforce Investment Board



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