Chamber of Commerce of the Mid-Ohio Valley

Chamber Member Spotlight

By on Nov 11, 2016 in Member Spotlight | 0 comments



This week we would like to highlight one of our members, the Workforce Development Board of the Mid-Ohio Valley. The Workforce Development Board been serving our region for the past 20 years and continues to oversees training and employment programs that ensure that efficient and effective workforce services are accessible to employers, current employees, job seekers and other citizens.

“We work with employers to help find and retain qualified employees and work with local economic development agencies to determine the needs of the regions’ employers, said staff member Robin Sterling. “We work closely with local colleges/training institutions to determine the training/education needs to fill local employment.” The Board works in partnership with the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, a governmental planning and development agency serving Wood and surrounding Region V counties.

Robin took some time to share their story with us to share with fellow Chamber members.

“The Workforce Development Board provides employment and training services to low income individuals, dislocated workers and youth in the Mid-Ohio Valley.  In 1998, Congress passed the Workforce Investment Act to reform federal job training programs and create a new, comprehensive workforce investment system. The reformed system is intended to be customer-focused, to help Americans access the tools they need to manage their careers through information and high quality services, and to help U.S. companies find skilled workers. WIA aims to improve the quality of the workforce and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the nation. 

President Barack Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act by a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system.

WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.”

The Workforce Development Board has been an active Chamber member since 2002. “The Workforce Development Board Mid-Ohio Valley welcomes the opportunity to learn about local business needs, be involved in community events and have access to additional resources.  We are proud to be a part of our local Chamber and value the services that they provide to our community,” she said. 

Robin informed us that some of their recent projects have been working with apprenticeship programs to help assist customers with the cost of training and other work-related expenses such as PPE and work clothing.

The Workforce Development Board is located inside the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council located at 709 Market Street in Downtown Parkersburg.  To learn more about their services, please visit their website at or give them a call at 304-424-7271. 






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