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Minneapolis Workforce Development Board (MWDB)

The Minneapolis Workforce Development Board (MWDB) is authorized under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) to provide policy and program guidance for all activities under WIOA in the City of Minneapolis. The MWDB comprises 21 members, who are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council to a three-year term. Appointees are submitted to the Governor of Minnesota for certification. Eleven (11) members must be business representatives, including business organizations and trade associations; additional members represent the following: labor organizations (1), apprenticeship programs (1), open positions for labor organizations and/or apprenticeship programs (2), adult education (1), local higher education institution (1), economic and community development (1), State employment service under Wagner-Peyser (1), Title I Rehabilitation Act (1), and transportation, housing, or public assistance provider (1). WIOA requires that members of the board that represent organizations, agencies, or other entities shall be individuals with optimum policymaking authority within the organizations, agencies, or entities. The MWDB chair must represent the private sector. The Chair is elected by the MWDB membership, appointed by the Mayor, and confirmed by City Council. MWDB applicants must be City residents. The residency requirement may be waived for an officer or director of an organization that pays property taxes to the City of Minneapolis.

Meeting Schedule

Meetings are typically held bi-monthly on the third Tuesday of the odd months at 8:00 a.m. The locations of meetings vary and are accessible to persons with disabilities. There is no compensation for attending meetings.

Next MWDB Meeting

The next Minneapolis Workforce Development Board (MWDB) meeting will be held on:

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Crown Roller Mill
CPED Office
105 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Parking –
Meter parking is available for $1.00 per hour

Directions and Parking (Board members and guests should use courtesy parking in the ramp across the street at Stinson/Kennedy. Handicap parking is available in front of the UCare building).


MWDB is a 21-member, private sector-led board, with voting representation as follows:

Current MWDB Membership

Laura Beeth, Chair & Executive CommitteeFairview Health Services
Craig BistodeauSprinkler Fitters Local 417
Andrea BredowUnitedHealth Group
Elizabeth CampbellRyan Companies
Amol DixitHot Indian Foods
Jashan EisonH & B Elevators
Doug FlateauWorking Partnerships
Tony GozeMAG Mechanical
Amber JamesClockwork
Steve KuntzState of Minnesota
Hilary Marden-Resnik, Executive CommitteeUCare
Dan McConnellMinneapolis Building and Construction
Ken McCraleyKMS Air Duct Cleaning
Ibrahim NoorDEED
Sharon PierceMinneapolis College
Scott Redd, Youth Chair & Executive CommitteeAeon
Jim Roth, Executive CommitteeMetropolitan Consortium of Community Developers
Tashitaa TufaaMetropolitan Transportation Network
Tara WatsonWatson Chiropractic
Jonathan WeinhagenMinneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
Anthony Williams, Executive CommitteeMinneapolis Public Schools - Adult Education


Appointment Process

The MWDB uses the City's open appointment process. Applications are reviewed by staff and the Chair of the MWDB, who make recommendations to the Mayor. The Mayor appoints the selected person to the MWDB, and the City Council approves the Mayor’s appointments.

Term of Appointment

Members shall serve three-year terms.



Residency Requirement



Community Planning and Economic Development

Contact Deb Bahr-Helgen at 612-673-6226.

Last updated Oct 24, 2019



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