Everything we do at DEED is driven by five overarching objectives for Minnesota's workers, businesses and communities.
Those objectives, and the plans to reach them, are:
Our plans provide a roadmap for action and help assess progress in meeting our goals. DEED's strategic planning results from an examination of the current environment, awareness of the pending challenges and opportunities, and regular check-ins so strategic plans become ongoing time-management tools that tell leaders and staff where to focus energy and resources.
The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 is a federal law that provides the framework for a workforce preparation and employment system to help businesses and job seekers in the U.S.
With WIA as the overarching plan, DEED coordinates a joint planning process that includes public and private entities, and members of the general public, to develop a state unified plan that meets WIA requirements while focusing on Minnesota-specific needs and goals. Local workforce investment boards (WIBs) in Minnesota in turn submit unified plans that describe how the local workforce investment systems under their guidance, via Workforce Service Area (WSA) providers, will respond to the needs of regional labor markets.
Minnesota's Unified Plan for WIA fulfills regulatory reporting requirements and sets the direction for achieving the state's workforce development system vision and goals between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2017.
Minnesota submitted their 2014 Methods of Administration (MOA) to the Civil Rights Center on January 16, 2015. The Minnesota MOA implements the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity provisions of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.
Each year, Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs), in conjunction with their Workforce Service Area (WSA), develop plans that support the goals of WIA and the direction prescribed by Minnesota's Unified Plan.
2014 Local Unified Plans
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides an expanded platform from which Minnesota can continue to grow and address workforce and economic development opportunities. As a national leader in many workforce and economic development metrics, Minnesota is positioned well to continue to innovate and provide new opportunities for our citizens and businesses to thrive in the 21st century economy.
Pursuant to requirement of the U.S. Department of Labor, the following waivers are available for public comment. For further questions, comments or concerns, contact Kay Tracy at Kay.Tracy@state.mn.us or 651-259-7555.