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The Iowa Workforce Development Board

Upcoming Meetings:

Friday, February 14, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Iowa Association of Community College Trustees Building
855 East Court Avenue, Des Moines -

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Iowa Association of Community College Trustees Building
855 East Court Avenue, Des Moines -

Conference calls will be held, as necessary, between meetings.

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Legislation was passed in May 1996 to create a new state department, Iowa Workforce Development, to streamline employment and training programs. The Iowa Workforce Development Board  was created in the legislation. In 1999 the Board assumed the responsibilities of the State Workforce Investment Board under the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) signed into law in August 1998.

The duties of the Iowa Workforce Development Board include, but are not limited to, the following activities: the development and implementation of a twenty-year comprehensive workforce development plan; the preparation of a five-year strategic plan; the development of evaluation methods; the establishment of guidelines for the awarding of grants; the review of grants awarded by Iowa Workforce Development; the recommendation of departmental usage of federal funding; and the adoption of administrative rules recommended by the director of Iowa Workforce Development.

The Board members consists of nine voting members. The voting members represent employers, employees and a nonprofit workforce development organization. The current board chair is Francis Giunta II. and the vice-chair is Sally Falb .

The list of Iowa Workforce Development Board voting members include:

Employer Representatives:

  • Sally Falb, Director, Oelwein Chamber & Area Development, West Union

  • Kenneth Anderson, Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Dee Vanderhoef, Iowa City

  • Caroline Hicks, Osceola

Employee Representatives:

  • Ken Sagar, Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Des Moines (Statewide labor organization representative)

  • Andy Roberts, Plumbers and Steamfitters Union #33

  • Francis Giunta II, CWA Local 7110, Dubuque

  • Robert Gilmore, I.U.P.A.T. District Council #61

Non-Profit Workforce Development Organization Representative

  • Rachel Hurley, Iowa Biotechnology Association, Des Moines

Ex-officio Non-voting Members:

  • Gary Steinke, Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Des Moines

  • Drew Conrad, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls

  • Greg Lewis, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Des Moines

  • Steve Ovel, Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids

  • Senator William Dotzler, Waterloo

  • Senator Jake Chapman, Adel

  • Representative Kirsten Running-Marquardt – Cedar Rapids

  • Representative Mary Ann Hanusa, Council Bluffs

  • Jeremy Varner – Iowa Department of Education

  • Debi Durham – Iowa Department of Economic Development

  • David Mitchell – Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

  • Greer Sisson - U. S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship

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