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Department of Workforce and Economic Development

Who we are:

History
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act was passed by the U.S. Congress in 2014 establishing Workforce Development Boards across the United States and in each of the fifty States and its territories. WDBs are local entities that operate in regional networks to implement the provisions of the WIOA and to improve workforce and economic conditions. They are charged with policy making and oversight of workforce investment and development activities in defined areas known as Local Workforce Development Areas (LWDA). The concept and practice is to ensure that the investments are used locally to foster the growth of business and industry in their area, utilizing the indigenous workforce to fulfill their employment needs. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, there are sixty seven counties (67) and twenty two (22) established Workforce Development Boards.

Locally
In July, 2020 the Bucks County Workforce Development Board, Inc. transitioned into the County of Bucks. The organization has expanded and has been renamed the Workforce and Economic Development Department of Bucks County (WED).  The Bucks County Board of Commissioners appoint the Workforce and Economic Development Board members, selecting these dedicated volunteers who commit their time and talents to strengthening our local workforce.

What we do

The Workforce and Economic Development Department of Bucks County is charged with:

  • Leadership
    • Identifying and responding to issues that affect the workforce and economic development system in Bucks County and creating policy around those issues that affect Adults, Dislocated Workers, and Youth constituencies in Bucks County.
  • Strategic Planning
    • Developing the local strategic workforce and economic development plan.
  • Local Labor Market
    • Identifying the growth-industries in the local and regional area.
    • Addressing the emerging workforce through Youth Development activities.
    • Increasing the local economy by creating a highly-skilled incumbent workforce.
    • Identifying eligible providers of Intensive and Training Services to under-employed residents.
  • One-Stop Delivery System
    • Chartering and providing continual oversight of the PA CareerLink® Bucks County One-Stop service center.

Bucks County Department of Workforce and Economic Development
Billie Barnes, Director

Neshaminy Manor Center 
1260 Almshouse Road, Building G
Doylestown, PA 18901 
Phone: 215-345-3840
Fax: 215-345-3429