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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.

Meeting Schedule

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.
Location TBD


MWDB is a 21-member, private sector-led board, with voting representation as follows:

Current MWDB Membership

Member Organization
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
Amber James Clockwork
Steve Kuntz State of Minnesota
Hilary Marden-Resnik, Executive Committee UCare
Dan McConnell Minneapolis Building and Construction
Ken McCraley KMS Air Duct Cleaning
Ibrahim Noor DEED
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


Appointment Process

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.



Residency Requirement



Community Planning and Economic Development

Contact Deb Bahr-Helgen at 612-673-6226.

Last updated Dec 1, 2020



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