Founded in 1999 as the successor organization to the Lancaster County Private Industry Council, the Lancaster County Workforce Investment Board has a mandate through the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 to be the lead organization in Lancaster County for workforce planning, to cooperate with State officials in providing business with locally-validated labor market information, and to arrange for a service delivery system that meets the workforce needs of business and the public alike.
With the cooperation of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Economic Development Company of Lancaster County, and the Planning Commission of the County of Lancaster, the Board has in place a comprehensive Strategic Plan that focuses its investment strategy on seven industry clusters in the Lancaster County economy — health care, biotechnology, communications, construction, food processing, automotive, and metals and metal fabricating — that are growing and that support gold-collar (high-skill, high-pay, high-demand) jobs. Board staff people work with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry to assure that labor market information collected by the Department is interpreted with an understanding of local factors.
In addition, the Board administers federal and state monies that fund programs for adults, dislocated workers, and young people through the Lancaster County CareerLink and other contractors. The Lancaster County CareerLink is a one-stop service center where 15 different employment, education and training, and social service organizations provide services to employers, jobseekers, and people who are seeking to increase their skills portfolios.
Currently, the Board consists of 32 members, 21 of whom are from the private sector. Board members and Youth Council members who are not on the Board are appointed by the Lancaster County Commissioners. Representatives from labor, education, social services, and elected officials make up the balance of Board membership. Representatives from the business community also represent sectors of the seven priority clusters. Board members serve three-year terms and are eligible to serve two consecutive terms.
Officers, Executive Committee members and Committee chairs are all private sector members of the Board except for the Local Management Committee. Committees consist of the Executive Committee, the Performance Review Committee, and the Youth Council. Currently, the Board meets bi-monthly while the other committees have varying schedules.