Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Local and Regional Plans

2017-2020 Strategic Local Workforce Plan

The Workforce Development Board of Santa Cruz County (WDB) invites individuals, businesses, and educational, community based, and labor organizations to provide comment on its proposed 2017-2020 Strategic Local Workforce Plan (Plan).  The Plan guides the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services in Santa Cruz County.  The draft Plan will be released on January 18, 2017.  The Plan’s Public Comment period will close following discussion at the February 22, 2017 WDB meeting which will commence at 8:30 am, at the Simpkins Family Swim Center, 979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062.

2017-2020 Santa Cruz County Workforce Development Local Plan (PDF) and attachments:

  1. Assurances and Signatures (PDF)
  2. State of California Local Area Grant Recipient Listing - Santa Cruz County (PDF)
  3. MOU for WFSCC Between WDB, the Workforce Partners, and the County Board of Supervisors (PDF)
  4. Local Workforce Development Board Bylaws Cover Page (PDF) and Ordinance No. 5226: Ordinance Repealing Chapter 2.110 to Eliminate WIB and Adding Chapter 2.111 to the Santa Cruz County Code Relative to the WDB (PDF)
  5. WIOA Priority of Service and Wait List Policy (PDF)
  6. Summary of Comments for Santa Cruz County Local Plan (PDF)

Four-Year Coastal Regional Plan - Program Years 2017-2020

The 30-day Public Comment period for the Coastal Regional Planning Unit’s (RPU) Draft Four-Year Regional Plan, as required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, will take place January 18, 2017 through noon on February 17, 2017.  The RPU is made up of the Workforce Development Boards of the Counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara.  As required under the WIOA, the four-year plan articulates the RPU’s efforts to align education and training provider services with regional industry sector needs.  Please provide comments on the Coastal Regional Plan to Reva Bear at by noon on February 17, 2017.

Comments on both the Local and Regional Plans may also be made at the February 1, 2017 WDB Executive Committee meeting, starting at 8:30 A.M. at 1000 Emeline Ave., Santa Cruz, CA  95060.

A hard copy of both the Local and Coastal Regional Plans are available at the Workforce Development Board of Santa Cruz County office, 18 W. Beach Street, Watsonville, CA or may be requested by calling (831) 763-8900.  Comments and questions should be addressed to Andy Stone, WDB Director, at or 831-763-8824.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Plan CEDS

The Workforce Development Board of Santa Cruz County is pleased to announce that the federal Economic Development Administration approved the Santa Cruz County Five-Year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy on May 28, 2015.

Local Santa Cruz County jurisdictions are required to have an approved CEDS plan as a pre-condition of eligibility for Economic Development Administration public works grants and economic adjustment grants.  While the CEDS is consistent with existing community economic development vision and goals, the CEDS is not meant to take the place of an individual community's economic development or plan.  The CEDS covers a five year period 2014 through 2018.

Use the following links to view the Santa Cruz County Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Plan.

Strategic 2013-2017 Workforce Development Plan

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires that the local workforce investment board submit a strategic local workforce plan that reflects the vision, strategy, and goals of the State Strategic Workforce Development Plan.  The WDB plan is a comprehensive document that describes the WDB vision for engaging key partners to effectively meet the rapidly changing needs of businesses and job seekers in a highly competitive and global economy.

The Strategic Local Workforce Development Five-Year Plan was approved in draft form by the California Workforce Investment Board on October 1, 2013 and the final Plan was approved by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors on March 18, 2014.  On February 13, 2014 the California Workforce Investment Board designated the WDB as a "High-Performing Board" based on past performance and the initiatives addressed the Plan.

Use the links below to view a copy of the draft plan and attachments.  Copies may also be picked up at the WDB administrative office at