The Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board (NWTNWB) is the designated Local Workforce Investment Board for Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA) 12 charged with administering workforce development services in eleven counties in Northwest Tennessee: Benton, Carroll, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Obion, Tipton and Weakley. The majority of the members of the NWTNWB are private business leaders from throughout the eleven county service region and include business owners, chief executives, operating offices, and other executives with optimum policymaking and hiring authority.
In consultation with the Lead Chief Elected Official, the NWTNWB is responsible for the oversight and selection of the Operator of the local Workforce System. The NWTNWB has designated a Partner Consortium to ensure seamless service delivery to job seekers, workers, and employers within each American Job Center in the service areas to act as the Workforce Systems Operators. The three members of the Partner Consortium are the NWTNWB, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD), and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). Additional partners may be added as deemed necessary by the Lead Chief Elected Official and the NWTNWB.
The NWTNWV Mission and Vision are as follows:
Mission: The mission of the Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board is to develop a quality workforce system to meet the needs of area employers and job seekers.
Vision: Northwest Tennessee is an area where business and industry thrive based on the availability of a skill workforce and a robust talent pipeline, and where increasing wealth fuels prosperous communities and a high quality of life.
The staff to the NWTNWB are employees of Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC), which was selected as Administrative Entity / Fiscal Agent by a Consortium of Chief Elected Officials, with Margaret Prater serving as Vice President for Workforce Development. The below chart depicts the Functional Organization for LWDA 12.