Montgomery County Moves Forward with Workforce Development Overhaul

The Montgomery County Council has approved legislation for the non-profit WorkSource Montgomery Inc. to serve as the operating arm of the new Workforce Development Board. This legislation stems from County Executive Leggett’s Six-Point Economic Development Plan. The move will help to revamp the county’s workforce development efforts by consolidating and streamlining the way Montgomery County promotes job training and placement.

As announced in a press release:

“We need to meet the talent attraction, development, and retention needs of strategic industries in the County,” said County Executive Leggett. “We must better address the needs of the unemployed and the underemployed. And we need to develop career pathways that lead to sustainable wage jobs, support a thriving economy, and strengthen the County’s tax base.”

“The County’s new workforce development structure is intended to work more closely with private employers to identify workers whose skills meet the requirement of the market, and assist county residents to change careers and achieve satisfying results,” said County Council President Leventhal.

“The structure that we just approved will allow for more flexibility in many aspects, including retaining current businesses and attracting new ones to the County,” said Councilmember Nancy Floreen, Chair of the Council’s Planning, Housing & Economic Development Committee. “We are truly elevating the status of economic development and business growth in Montgomery County.”

The system is comprised of two boards. One is in charge of operations: WorkSource Montgomery, Inc. (WSM). The other serves as the policy-setting entity that directs the policy that the operating entity executes — the Workforce Development Board. Together, the two boards will facilitate the roles, functions, and strategic initiatives the organization needs to execute to ensure alignment with economic development priorities.

For more information read the full press release.