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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

Laura Beeth, Chair & Executive CommitteeFairview Health Services
Craig BistodeauSprinkler Fitters Local 417
Andrea BredowUnitedHealth Group
Elizabeth CampbellRyan Companies
Amol DixitHot Indian Foods
Jashan EisonH & B Elevators
Doug FlateauWorking Partnerships
Tony GozeMAG Mechanical
Amber JamesClockwork
Steve KuntzState of Minnesota
Hilary Marden-Resnik, Executive CommitteeUCare
Dan McConnellMinneapolis Building and Construction
Ken McCraleyKMS Air Duct Cleaning
Ibrahim NoorDEED
Sharon PierceMinneapolis College
Scott Redd, Youth Chair & Executive CommitteeAeon
Jim Roth, Executive CommitteeMetropolitan Consortium of Community Developers
Tashitaa TufaaMetropolitan Transportation Network
Tara WatsonWatson Chiropractic
Jonathan WeinhagenMinneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
Anthony Williams, Executive CommitteeMinneapolis 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 Mar 16, 2020



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