In Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board (WIB) oversees 22 local WIBs that represent all of the 67 counties throughout the commonwealth. Generally, a Local Workforce Investment Area, which can be made up of a single county or multiple counties, has a population of at least 500,000.
Westmoreland and Fayette counties comprise the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Area. Combined, the two counties encompass 1,812 square miles and have a population of 518,637, according to the 2000 U.S. Census.
Each Workforce Investment Area is administered by a WIB. The Westmoreland-Fayette WIB has 37 members, each of whom are appointed by their home county’s board of commissioners. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the WIB’s membership includes representatives from community-based organizations, economic development agencies, education, labor, and public sector partners. More than half of the board’s members, at the state and local levels, as well as the board chair, must come from the private sector.
The Workforce Investment Act prohibits WIBs from directly providing services to businesses, workers and job seekers. These services are provided at the one-stop service delivery centers that are overseen by the WIBs. In Pennsylvania, these centers are called PA CareerLinks.
Each Workforce Investment Area must have at least one service delivery center. The Westmoreland-Fayette area has three: one in Uniontown, Fayette County; another on the campus of Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood; and a third in New Kensington, Westmoreland County, that is jointly administered by the Westmoreland-Fayette and the Three Rivers (Allegheny County) WIBs.