Welcome to the County of Berks
Welcome to the Berks County Workforce Development Board

 
Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Berks County Workforce Development Board is to identify the long-term, strategic workforce development needs of the community; propose strategies to meet those needs; set priorities; build partnerships to align resources in support of those strategies; test specific initiatives to advance those ends; and measure and evaluate results. We support the development and maintenance of a skilled and competitive workforce in alignment with the broader economic development efforts to attract, retain and grow business in Berks County.

 

Declaración del Propósito
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El propósito de la Junta de Desarrollo de la Fuerza Laboral del Condado de Berks es identificar las necesidades estratégicas de desarrollo de la fuerza laboral a largo plazo de la comunidad; proponer estrategias para satisfacer esas necesidades; establecer prioridades; establecer  asociaciones para alinear los recursos en apoyo de esas estrategias; probar iniciativas específicas para avanzar en esos fines; y medir y evaluar los resultados. Apoyamos el desarrollo y mantenimiento de una fuerza laboral calificada y competitiva en alineación con los esfuerzos de desarrollo económico más amplios para atraer, retener y hacer crecer los negocios en el Condado de Berks​
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Berks County Multi-Year Local & Regional Plan PY2021 - 2024

The Southeast Pennsylvania Region and Local 2021-2024 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Local Plans are available to view at the Chester County Workforce Development Board​ website.
 


Reports

 

Strategy/Policy

 

2023 Meeting Schedule
 
Meetings of the Berks County Workforce Development Board (WDB) for calendar year 2023 are scheduled quarterly, in March, June, September and December at 7:30 a.m.  Please visit http://www.co.berks.pa.us/Pages/Calendar.aspx for location details (in-person or virtual) and for the meeting agenda (24 hours prior to meeting).
 
The meeting dates for 2023 are:
 
March 24, 2023
June 16, 2023
September 15, 2023
December15, 2023
 
The WDB will hold Finance & Executive Committee meetings normally on a virtual platform. Public notice of each meeting will be advertised with a conference telephone number and ID to access the Microsoft® Teams Meeting. The Finance & Executive Committee meeting dates for 2023 are:
 
March 9, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. (MS Teams)
June 8, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. (MS Teams)
September 7, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. (in person)
December 7, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. (MS Teams)

Any variation in the meeting schedules or platform will be announced as far in advance as possible. Special meetings may be held at the call of the Chair.
 
Agenda​ for Finance and Executive Committee meeting.​ 

 

Meeting Minutes

General Information

 

 STEVENS AMENDMENT

The Stevens Amendment is an appropriations provision that requires grantees of the Department of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education to disclose for a grant program the percent of the costs financed with federal funds. 

PUBLIC LAW 101-166, SECTION 511 

    • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs are federally supported 100% by the U.S. Department of Labor as part of an award totaling $5,034,909 with $0 (0%) state, local and/or non-governmental funds. 
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs are federally supported 100% by the U.S. Department of Human Services as part of an award totaling $3,846,548 with $0 (0%) state, local, and/or non-governmental funds. 
    • Discretionary grants are federally supported 100% by the U.S. Department of Labor as part of an award totaling $254,243 with $0 (0%) state, local and/or non-governmental funds.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to persons with disabilities. Language assistance services are available free of cost. 

Equal Opportunity Is The Law

La Igualdad De Oportunidad Es La Ley​

 

 Contact Information

 

​Address
Workforce Development Board - Berks County

1920 Kutztown Road, Suite G
Reading, PA  19604  

​Office Hours
​Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Office:    610-898-5574

Fax:        610-898-7464

  

Amber Columbo

Equal Opportunity Officer

610-898-5574 extension 2094

AColumbo@countyofberks.com​

 

 

PA CareerLink® Berks County

 

 
Daniel W. Fogarty,
Director Of Workforce Development and Chief Operating Officer