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Governor Kitzhaber issues workforce Executive Order to encourage job growth and talent development

​(Salem, OR) – Today Governor Kitzhaber issued Executive Order Number 13-07, re-chartering Local Workforce Investment Boards for faster job growth and better talent development.

The executive order re-charters workforce boards as conveners, evaluators and investors, and helps put the workforce system on a path towards integration and redesign for better outcomes on the community level.

“New workforce solutions cannot be developed by government alone,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “Businesses, business associations, and economic development organizations across Oregon must be engaged pro-actively to develop solutions that increase employment in small and mid-sized businesses, as well as large companies.”

The executive order states that:

1. By June 30, 2015, Local Workforce Investment Boards will be re-chartered to:

    a. Better direct public workforce investments at the state and local level for talent development, job creation, income
        progression, business competitiveness, integrated service delivery and expanded opportunities for citizen 
    b. Use labor market intelligence to better align economic development, education and training, and workforce
        development investments and services for job seekers and businesses to efficiently address local labor market 
        needs and statewide priorities;
    c. Expand private-public partnerships with an integrated workforce system to better meet the needs of communities
        and create solutions to address tomorrow’s workforce challenges;
    d. Partner with the Governor’s Regional Solutions Committees to identify and leverage opportunities to expand job
        creation and incent job growth; and 
    e. Be accountable for workforce system outcomes.

Read Executive Order Number 13-07 (PDF)

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