representing community leaders, business, education, workforce, and elected officials
who are we?
The core members of the Association are made up of the nine Executive Directors from each region.
How does this work?
The Oregon Workforce Partnership (OWP) is comprised of over 200 community leaders representing business, education, workforce, and elected officials from Oregon’s nine Local Workforce Development areas. These nine areas support locally-driven decisions and programs. Oregon has an integrated one-stop service delivery built on a standardized model to provide a flexible, unified workforce education and training system that consistently exceeds customer expectations. Both state and local workforce boards are committed to keeping Oregon business and industry competitive in the global economy.
Oregon is part of the workforce development system that is funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) which authorizes more than 550 local business-led workforce development boards that serve all fifty states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Territories to oversee workforce development services through a network of approximately 3,000 American Job Centers (also called One-Stop Career Centers).
Through WIOA, local civic, business, and workforce development leaders develop strategies that leverage funding and resources within their local communities to prepare and match the skills of workers with the workforce demands of businesses.
Select a county to visit its Local Area Board website.
responding to needs
Building and sustaining the skilled workforce needed to support a thriving community takes broad partnerships, creative thinking, smart policies and innovative solutions tailored to the specific workforce needs of people and businesses. Oregon’s Local Workforce Boards manage resources to fund programs and build partnerships that help get and keep people working. We maximize investments to build a workforce that meets the needs of key industry sectors and creates opportunity for those who need it most. We are committed to building a public workforce system that is accessible and effective for all. Our strongest asset is our network of partners. We bring together employers, labor groups, government, community colleges, high schools, community-based and economic development organizations, creating a network of collaborators you can’t find anywhere else. By working together, our economy grows, our pool of homegrown talent grows, and our competitive edge grows.