The NCWorks Commission, the state workforce development board, voted on March 30, 2022 to recommend the realignment of the existing service areas of the state's 23 local workforce development boards (the number has since dropped to 22), in order to promote alignment with economic development activities in the state.
For several months, starting in November 2021, the Commission has conducted a study of the alignment of local workforce board areas, and the opportunities that may exist to realign local workforce development boards more closely with economic development activity in our state.
On this page, we will present and update information related to the process of realignment, as well as the process of county transfers from one local area to another.
- Memorandum on Workforce Development Board System Alignment Study
- Eight Guiding Principles from the Memorandum:
- Seek to better the lives of North Carolinians through realignment.
- Expand local workforce development board access.
- Decrease redundancy among local workforce development boards within economic development areas.
- Better align community college and workforce development board service areas.
- Match local workforce development board outreach to area jobseeker and business customer needs.
- Ensure consistent service, strong visibility, and sufficient capacity among local workforce development boards.
- Allow flexibility for administrative entities.
- Consider further review of the broader workforce system.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Map of current Local Workforce Development Board areas
- Local Workforce Boards and Prosperity Zones
Note: Alignment with Prosperity Zones (which is one means of aligning with economic development) is an important concept taken into consideration by the NCWorks Commission, but it is not the only concept. In fact, realignment, if agreed upon by local government leaders, could take a number of forms. Please consult the memorandum for details.
For more information on the alignment study, contact: Annie Izod, Executive Director of the NCWorks Commission.
For Local Governments
For technical assistance with realignment, local government officials should contact Assistant Secretary Chet Mottershead.