The vision of the Colorado Workforce Development Council (CWDC) is that every Colorado business has access to a skilled workforce and every Coloradan has access to meaningful employment, resulting in statewide economic vitality. The CWDC’s mission is to facilitate the creation and sustainability of a business‐led Colorado talent development system that appropriately integrates the work of economic development, education, training and workforce development to meet the needs of businesses, workers, job-seekers and students.
The CWDC was formed under the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and is responsible for the continuous improvement of the workforce system, oversight of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds, and ensuring a statewide strategic vision created from the bottom up through Council members and local partners. The CWDC acts on behalf of the Governor and the Colorado Legislature on policy matters related to all programs and activities funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
Additionally, under state statute and executive order, we are charged with aligning the efforts of economic development, education, workforce development, government and business stakeholders at the local, regional and state levels. We convene partners, leverage resources and work to remove communication and regulatory barriers in order to help businesses create jobs, retain jobs and access a highly competitive workforce. The CWDC has been engaged in creative alliances with industry, economic development, and education, which have helped to infuse funds into the workforce system to support the enrollment, training, and placement of the unemployed, under-employed, and incumbent workers into high-wage jobs. These partnerships reflect the critical importance of education, employment, and economic development to the State's edge and empower the system to be responsive to local issues.