Louisiana Workforce Commission-State Workforce Investment Board

WHEREAS, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (hereafter "Commission") was created in the office of the Governor by Act No. 1 of the 1997 Regular Session of the Legislature, through the enactment of R.S. 23:71-6 and R.S. 23:2041-2192, (hereafter "Act No. 1") to develop a workforce development system with a strategic statewide workforce education and training program plan that would provide Louisiana?s citizens an opportunity to acquire the skills necessary for economic prosperity and businesses access to skilled workers;

WHEREAS, pursuant to Act No. 1, the Commission was directed to develop a multi-agency cooperative approach to job training by coordinating with affected agencies and workforce development entities to develop a state plan for the integrated delivery of all workforce education, training, employment and related programs in order to eliminate duplication and provide efficient service, and to establish a comprehensive labor market information system which reflects the state's overall training and education efforts and provides consumer information on employment and training opportunities and projected workforce and job growth demand statewide by geographic regions so as to better serve the decision-making needs of state policy makers and Louisiana citizens;

WHEREAS, Act No. 1 designated the Commission as a human resource investment council under the Job Training Reform Amendments of 1992 to the Job Training Partnership Act of 1982, 29 U.S.C. 1501, et seq. (hereafter "JTPA");

WHEREAS, the JTPA is in the process of being phased out by the Federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, 29 U.S.C. 2801, et seq., (hereafter "Investment Act") and it provides for an orderly transition from authority under the JTPA to workforce investment systems established pursuant to the Investment Act and provides for references in federal laws to be deemed, by July 1, 2000, to refer to corresponding provisions of the Investment Act;

WHEREAS, under the Investment Act, for a state to be eligible to receive federal funding through the Investment Act or the Wagner-Peyser Act, 29 U.S.C. 49, et seq., its governor must submit to appropriate heads of federal agencies a single plan which outlines the state?s five (5) year strategy for a statewide workforce investment system and meets the requirements of the Investment Act, 29 U.S.C. 2821, (hereafter "state plan");

WHEREAS, the Investment Act requires each state to establish a state workforce investment board to assist the governor in the development of a state plan and to carry out other functions such as the development and continuous improvement of a statewide system of workforce education and training activities, the designation of local workforce investment areas, and the development and continuous improvement of comprehensive state performance measures;

WHEREAS, the Investment Act permits a state to satisfy the requirement for the establishment of a state workforce investment board by utilizing a state workforce development board that was in existence on December 31, 1997, was established pursuant to the JTPA prior to December 31, 1997, and has members who represent businesses and of labor organizations in the state; and

WHEREAS, for a state to receive an allotment for workforce investment activities the Investment Act requires the governor of the state to designate local workforce investment areas within the state, and it requires the governor to certify a local workforce investment board in each of those areas to set policy for the portion of the statewide investment system within the area;

NOW THEREFORE, I, M.J. "MIKE" FOSTER, JR., Governor of the state of Louisiana, by virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution and laws of the state of Louisiana, do hereby order and direct as follows:

SECTION 1: The Louisiana Workforce Commission (hereafter "Commission") is hereby designated as the state workforce investment board for the state of Louisiana within the meaning of the Federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998, 29 U.S.C. 2801, et seq., (hereafter "Investment Act"). In this capacity, the Commission shall assist the governor in developing a unified state plan which outlines a five (5) year strategy for Louisiana's statewide workforce investment system (hereafter "state plan") that fulfills the requirements of the Investment Act.

SECTION 2: For purposes of implementing individual programs within the state plan, any agency designated by the governor or the Louisiana Legislature as the administrative agency for a specific program that is included in the state plan shall maintain its authority and its responsibility to administer the program, and shall coordinate the program's activities with the Commission as set forth in Act No.1 of the 1997 Regular Session of the Legislature and the state plan.

SECTION 3: The Commission shall annually submit a state plan to the governor that includes, but is not limited to, the workforce education and training programs and services encompassed in the following:

A. Job Training Partnership Act, 29 U.S.C. 1501, et seq., (hereafter "JTPA") activities authorized under title I of the Investment Act, including Adult and Youth Employment and Training and Dislocated Worker programs;

B. Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 9201, et seq., activities authorized under title II of the Investment Act;

C. Secondary and post-secondary education programs authorized under the Carl Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 2301, et seq.;

D. Trade Adjustment Assistance activities authorized under chapter 2 of title II of the Trade Act of 1974, 19 U.S.C. 2271, et seq.;

E. Vocational rehabilitation programs authorized under title I of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 720, et seq.;

F. Veterans employment programs; and

G. Workforce training programs authorized under state unemployment compensation laws.

SECTION 4: Each of the eighteen (18) areas of the state of Louisiana currently designated as a JTPA service delivery area shall constitute a local workforce investment area within the state and shall be governed by a local workforce investment board (hereafter "local board"). The membership composition of each local board shall meet the criteria set forth in the Investment Act and the state plan.

SECTION 5: The state of Louisiana shall be divided into the following eight (8) regional labor market areas which shall be utilized for strategic planning, occupational forecasting, and providing workforce education and training services:

A. The parishes of St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Charles, St. Tammany, Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard;

B. The parishes of Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Washington, Iberville, West Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, Livingston, and Ascension;

C. The parishes of Terrebonne, Assumption, and Lafourche;

D. The parishes of Evangeline, St. Landry, Acadia, Lafayette, Vermillion, Iberia, St. Mary, and St. Martin;

E. The parishes of Beauregard, Allen, Calcasieu, Jefferson Davis, and Cameron;

F. The parishes of Winn, LaSalle, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, Vernon, Rapides, and Avoyelles;

G. The parishes of Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Lincoln, DeSoto, Red River, Bienville, Sabine, and Natchitoches; and

H. The parishes of Union, Morehouse, West Carroll, East Carroll, Jackson, Ouachita, Richland, Madison, Caldwell, Franklin, and Tensas.

SECTION 6: All departments, commissions, boards, agencies, and officers of the state, or any political subdivision thereof, are authorized and directed to cooperate with the Commission in implementing the provisions of this Order.

SECTION 7: This Order is effective upon signature and shall continue in effect until amended, modified, terminated, or rescinded by the governor, or terminated by operation of law.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have set my hand officially and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of Louisiana, at the Capitol, in the city of Baton Rouge, on this 5th day of August, 1999.

M.J. "Mike" Foster, Jr.

Fox McKeithen
Secretary of State