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Business Engagement Blueprint & WIOA

One-Day Regional Strategy Event

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act points to multiple ways that the workforce system will need to think regionally and focus on business engagement. This outlook requires workforce boards to strengthen leadership and revisit critical organizational components to develop and motivate an effective, regionally-collaborative, market-responsive business engagement plan across multiple organizations and stakeholders. In partnership with Business U, this one-day strategy event brings National Association of Workforce Boards’ leadership to your region to work collaboratively with leaders across multiple organizations which have a stake in workforce development.

The end result is a Strategic Business Engagement Blueprint to identify strengths and gaps in supporting the region in engaging business as a partner (in sector strategies, work-based learning, career pathways), as a customer (with business services), and as a funder (to invest and leverage). Stakeholders are registered in advance and complete a Market Responsive Readiness Assessment that provides a baseline collective score of the readiness of regional organizations to engage business and industry. Results are reviewed at the regional event and a final report is included post event.

Who Should Attend

  • Workforce Development Board Executive Directors
  • Workforce Development Board Members on Business-Focused Committees
  • American Job Centers: Executive Directors
  • Workforce-Focused Community-Based Organizations: Executive Directors
  • Community College Workforce & Economic Development Leadership
  • Local School Districts: Superintendents and Leadership
  • Economic Development Executive Leadership: City Managers & Economic Development Staff
  • Chambers of Commerce Executives
  • Elected Officials: City & County Government


  • Understand the National Perspective on WIOA & Regional Business Engagement
  • Obtain a Baseline Score on your Region’s Ability to Engage Business & Industry
  • Improve Regional Stakeholder Participation around a Common Vision for Business Engagement
  • Identify a Common Framework for Regional Business Engagement
  • Create Regional Vertical Networks to Retain and Grow Business
  • Understand the Four Types of Data Sets Required for Monitoring & Measuring Business Engagement
  • Develop a Collaborative Scorecard to Measure Business Engagement
  • Overcoming Brand Strategy Issues with Multiple Stakeholders
  • Designing a Proactive Approach to Regional Communications & Outreach

Click here for full agenda. For pricing and to schedule this event in your region, please contact Business U at or Dr. Christine Bosworth at 310-800-3353.