An interlocal agreement between the City of Tacoma and Pierce County provides the foundation for workforce development initiatives across Pierce County. Elected officials from the City of Tacoma and Pierce County, as well as a representative of business, form a governing board which works closely with and appoints members to the Workforce Development Council (WDC). Together, their mission is to ensure the coordination of the WorkSource Pierce system.
Current members include:
Pierce County Executive
Mayor of the City of Tacoma
Pierce County Councilmember
City of Tacoma Councilmember
The Pierce County Workforce Development Council (WDC) is a business-led council comprised of community leaders with expertise in the public, private and philanthropic sectors. With a wealth of expertise, the WDC works side-by-side with the Chief Local Elected Officials to address workforce deficiencies, to upskill workers, to develop potential employees and to ensure the workforce development system offers the highest quality services to its customers.
The WDC meets once a month, and its individual committees meet on an as-needed basis.
1st Vice Chair
Workforce Development & HRIS MultiCare Health System, Director
Global Business Resources, CEO
Robin J. Baker
Chief, Military Life Cycle Division, JBLM
Clover Park Technical College, Dean of Pre-College Pathways
Niagara Water, Tacoma Plant Director
Absher Construction Company, Project Executive
United Way of Pierce County, President & CEO
Dept of Vocational Rehabilitation, Supervisor
Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, President & CEO
Bates Technical College, President
Pierce County Central Labor Council, Secretary/Treasurer
Pierce County Building & Construction Trades Council, Executive Secretary
Laborers International Union of North America Local 252, Political Director
Tacoma Rail, Superintendent/CEO
In July 2017, the Pierce County Workforce Development Council and Chief Local Elected Officials entered into a memorandum of understanding between several local agencies to establish a united, local framework for the implementation of services under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).