What is a WDB? 

Workforce Development Boards (or “WDBs”) are regional entities created to implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, which succeeds the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. Every community is associated with a Local WDB (LWDB). For each LWDB, a Chief Local Elected Official (for example, a county commissioner or the mayor of a lead city) appoints members to sit on the WDB. These appointed positions are unpaid. At least 50 percent of a WIB’s membership must come from private businesses. There are also designated seats for representatives from labor unions, educational institutions, community groups, and economic development.

WDBs work in conjunction with economic development-related organizations in order to maximize the reaction time and create resources to intervene for both the dislocated workforce and the incumbent workforce members of a community.

The Macon-Bibb Workforce Development Board (MBWDB) is responsible for providing policy guidance for the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in the Macon-Bibb region. The Board is to promote a workforce development system that meets the needs of businesses, job seekers, and workers, by bringing together industry, education, economic development, and community leaders to strengthen economic growth in Middle Georgia. The MBWDB is led by a private-sector majority along with public sector representatives from education, housing, and other social service organizations. The MBWDB oversees a wide range of employment-related programs and initiatives serving Macon-Bibb County.

It is the responsibility of the MBWDB to provide policy guidance for, and exercise oversight with respect to, activities under the Macon-Bibb Workforce Development Area Plan.

The MBWDB, in accordance with the Agreement between the MBWDB and CLEO shall:

  1. Establish an Executive Committee, which shall have the authority to act on behalf of the full MBWDB in emergency situations;
  2. In partnership with the CLEO, develop and submit a local workforce plan to Georgia Department of Economic Development Workforce Division;
  3. Designate or certify One-Stop Operator(s); and terminate for cause the eligibility of such operator(s), with agreement of the CLEO;
  4. Identify eligible providers of youth activities in the local area and award grants or contracts on a competitive basis, which shall be based on the recommendations of the Youth Committee;
  5. Identify eligible providers of training services in the local area;
  6. Develop a budget for the purpose of carrying out the duties of the MBWDB, subject to approval in writing of the CLEO; All approved budgets shall be submitted to Georgia Department of Economic Development, Workforce Division (formally GOWD), no later than two weeks after the CLEO approves it.
  7. In partnership with the CLEO, conduct program oversight of the youth, adult, and dislocated worker local employment and training activities and the One-Stop service delivery system in the local area;
  8. Negotiate local performance measures, in partnership with the Chief Locally Elected Official and the Georgia Department of Economic Development Workforce Division; and
  9. Assist the Governor in developing the statewide employment statistics system described in Section 15(e) of the Wagner-Peyser Act; and
  10. Coordinate workforce innovation and opportunity activities in the local Workforce Development Area with economic development strategies and develop other employer linkages with such activities; and

Read WDB Member Expectations 

  • Strategies are used to strengthen organizational effectiveness and to build capacity.
  • Continuous Quality Process Improvement (CQPI) strategies are used to ensure our strategies meet changing expectations of our customers and the market place.
  • The CQPI principle of data-driven decision-making is used in the operational end of all systems and processes.
  • We seek to collaborate and to build strategic alliances around all of the goals, strategies and tasks in which we are engaged.


Theresa Robinson, Chair*

Cathy Garafolo, Vice-Chair*

Jennifer Welch, Treasurer*

Robert Burnham, Secretary*

Robert Barthelemy, Maria Creighton, Lamar Geddis, Myrtle Habersham, Charles Howard, Veronica McClendon, Jimmy Pitts, Steve Schwartz, Randy Tidwell, Shannon Gordon, Erin Keller, Harry J. Murray, Ralph Snowden, Susan Long, Sarita Hill, Brenda Brown, Bob Burnham, Robert Thompson, Pat Topping, Andrea Griner, Shelley Kraft, June Parker.

* Executive Committee

Workforce Development Committees

About the Committee
The Youth Council is Required to...
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Youth Council Minutes
About the Committee
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Full Board Minutes