Minneapolis Workforce Development Board (MWDB)
The Minneapolis Workforce Development Board (MWDB) is one of Minnesota's 16 local workforce boards, designated by the Governor under authorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, which provides policy and program guidance for all workforce development activities under WIOA.
The MWDB guides the design of local workforce development programming in the City of Minneapolis, including operational oversight of the CareerForce locations in North and South Minneapolis. A top priority of the Board is to create equitable opportunities and economic inclusion for all Minneapolis residents thorough workforce development services such as career exposure, training, and job placement supports. Programming includes summer youth internships, employment and education support to youth and young adults, adult career pathway training, and services for workers laid off through no fault of their own. Our work prioritizes high-demand occupations with family-sustaining wages in the metro area, with deliberate and intentional connection to regional employers looking to recruit and retain a competitive workforce.
The MWDB comprises 21 members who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council to serve three-year terms. The Board elects its Chair, who must represent the private sector. Board members must be City residents; however, the residency requirement may be waived for representatives of organizations that pay property taxes to the City of Minneapolis.
Meetings are typically held bi-monthly on the third Tuesday of the odd months at 8:00 a.m. The locations of meetings vary and are accessible to persons with disabilities. There is no compensation for attending meetings.
Next MWDB Meeting
The March meeting of the Minneapolis Workforce Development Board has been cancelled.
The next Minneapolis Workforce Development Board (MWDB) meeting will be held on:
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
MWDB is a 21-member, private sector-led board, with voting representation as follows:
- 11 members shall be Representatives of Business, including business organizations and trade associations
- 4 members shall be Representatives of Organized Labor and Apprenticeship Programs
- 4 members shall be Representatives of Economic and Community Development, State Employment Service Office under Wagner-Peyser, and Title I Rehabilitation Act (may include: Transportation, Housing, Public Assistance, and/or Philanthropic Organizations)
- 2 members shall be Representatives of Adult Education and Higher Education
Current MWDB Membership
|Laura Beeth, Chair & Executive Committee||Fairview Health Services|
|Craig Bistodeau||Sprinkler Fitters Local 417|
|Andrea Bredow||UnitedHealth Group|
|Elizabeth Campbell||Ryan Companies|
|Amol Dixit||Hot Indian Foods|
|Jashan Eison||H & B Elevators|
|Doug Flateau||Working Partnerships|
|Tony Goze||MAG Mechanical|
|Steve Kuntz||State of Minnesota|
|Hilary Marden-Resnik, Executive Committee||UCare|
|Dan McConnell||Minneapolis Building and Construction|
|Ken McCraley||KMS Air Duct Cleaning|
|Sharon Pierce||Minneapolis College|
|Scott Redd, Youth Chair & Executive Committee||Aeon|
|Jim Roth, Executive Committee||Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers|
|Tashitaa Tufaa||Metropolitan Transportation Network|
|Tara Watson||Watson Chiropractic|
|Jonathan Weinhagen||Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce|
|Anthony Williams, Executive Committee||Minneapolis Public Schools - Adult Education|
The MWDB uses the City's open appointment process. MWDB members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.
Term of Appointment
Members shall serve three-year terms.
Contact Deb Bahr-Helgen at 612-673-6226.
Last updated Dec 1, 2020