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LAEDC Signs Onto Letter Urging Support for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

By July 1, 2014 No Comments

UPDATE — JULY 6, 2014:  The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act has been signed into law!  Thanks to those who supported this important legislation.

Below is the prior letter of support for the Act which was submitted June 25th, 2014 and signed by LAEDC president Bill Allen and others.


June 25, 2014

Senator Tom Harkin
731 Hart SOB
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Patty Murray
448 Russell SOB
Washington, DC 20510

Congressman John Kline
2439 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Congresswomen Virginia Foxx
2350 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Senator Lamar Alexander
455 Dirksen SOB
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Johnny Isakson
131 Russell SOB
Washington, DC 20510

Congressman George Miller
2205 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Congressman Rubén Hinojosa
2262 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

RE: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Support Letter

Dear Congressional Leaders,

On behalf of the Los Angeles Workforce Systems Collaborative we would like to express our
support for the bipartisan, bicameral Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA, H.R.
803). We want to thank you for your work to renew and improve the nation’s workforce system,
and commend the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and the
House of Representatives’ Education and the Workforce Committee for introducing the new
legislation, which will reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). We support the
bill and look forward to working with Congress to ensure it moves through the legislative

The Los Angeles Workforce Systems Collaborative, which is comprised of education,
government, workforce development, labor, business and community leaders, focuses on
developing a robust and comprehensive economic and workforce development system in the Los
Angeles region. Regions that prosper have developed strong partnerships and collaboration. The
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act retains this most successful and critical elements of
regional collaboration designed to help Los Angeles achieve the demonstrated benefits of a
strong workforce development system in helping to create pathways to high demand, high
growth industries, and sustainable careers. Namely,

– Retaining both the business majority and private sector chair on the State and local
workforce investment boards;
– Reducing the size of the WIBs by eliminating some mandated seats;
– Extending performance measures to all funding under the bill thereby increasing program
accountability, while at the same time eliminating 15 programs;
– Creating a single state planning process;
– Promoting alignment of workforce development, economic development, and education
investments; and
– Making clear that local WIBs should focus on labor market analytics and the needs of
business, including detailing a process to create performance standards for business

We again commend you for your work in producing a bi-partisan, bi-cameral bill and will work
with you to move this critical legislation forward to ensure that cities across America have the
skilled workforce to compete globally and to grow locally. We appreciate your dedication to this
process, and welcome the opportunity to work with you on these efforts.

Charlie Woo
City of Los Angeles Workforce Investment Board

Gary Toebben
President & CEO
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Bill Allen
President & CEO
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation

Lynn Shaw
Vice Chair
Los Angeles/Orange County Regional Consortia