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Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board 2014 Accomplishments


WIB Vision:

The Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board will be the recognized leader in identifying future workforce issues and developing appropriate responses to those issues.

WIB Mission:

The Ramsey County Workforce Investment Board will be the catalyst for comprehensive workforce development strategies that address both employer and job seeker needs.


  • Continued to make progress on the goals established in the WIB Strategic Plan through the established initiative committees
  • Approved amendments to the bylaws which incorporated existing operating rules and updated the organizational structure
  • Heard presentations from Nekima Levy Pounds (Everybody In), Tom Norman (DEED), Mark Brinda (City of Minneapolis), Jeremy Hanson-Willis (DEED), and Dan Solomon (Sen. Franken)
  • Added Councilmember Amy Brendmoen as an at-large member of the Executive Committee
  • Elected James McClean as Chair-Elect
  • Continued to support the work of Everybody In
  • Designated $20,000 to the expansion of the Outreach-to-Schools program
  • Established an ad hoc committee to consider changes to the WorkForce Center locations

 Alignment Committee:

  • Served as the advisory group for the Corridors-to-Careers project
  • Worked with the Integration Committee to realign the strategic goals
  • Created a policy agenda consisting of four primary statements. The WIB’s statements were shared with Ramsey County and the MN Workforce Council Association (MWCA) for inclusion in their platforms
  • Established the framework for a convening with WIB members, legislators and education. MWCA is planning to make this a metro-wide event to be held in early 2015

 Integration Committee:

  • Served as the advisory group for the Corridors-to-Careers project
  • Conducted a survey of WIB members to identify existing involvement in professional associations
  • Conducted an analysis of labor market data which resulted in the identification of the three targeted industry sectors – healthcare, IT and manufacturing
  • Identified high demand, livable wage and diverse occupations within the targeted sectors to use in the development of a training matrix

 Marketing Committee:

  • Initiated a meeting which resulted in a strengthened relationship between the WIB and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
  • Drafted some initial messaging to use in recruiting new WIB members
  • Selected a platform and began the redesign of the WIB website
  • Recommended a change to the name of the WIB

 Youth Committee:

  • Extended service contacts with all YouthLEAD vendors
  • Awarded the Vern Vick Award to Annette “AJ” Johnson
  • Established priorities and created a Youth Council Work Plan
  • Supported the return of a summer jobs program for youth
  • Expanded the Outreach-to-Schools program to four schools in St. Paul and suburban Ramsey County
  • Held meeting at all vendor sites and toured each facility

Download: 2014 WIB Accomplishments

@ 2015 Workforce Innovation Board of Ramsey County
2266 2nd Street N. | North Saint Paul, Minnesota 55109 | Phone: 651-266-6004