Part II

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Part II

FY08 and FY09

    Massachusetts’ State Plan

    Workforce Investment Act and Wagner-Peyser Funding

    Submitted by:

    Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

    One Ashburton Place st21 Floor

    Boston, MA 02108


    Massachusetts State Plan for FY08 and FY09

    Workforce Investment Act and Wagner-Peyser Funding

    Part II. State Planning Instructions Table of State Plan Contents


    Public Process for State Plan 3

    I. State Vision 4

    A. Economic Development Goals

    B. Leveraging Resources

    C. Continuum of Skill Development

    D. Partnership Development

    E. Youth Pipeline

II. Governor‘s Workforce Investment Priorities 24

    III. State Governance Structure 28

    A. Organization of state agencies in relation to Governor

    B. State Workforce Investment Board (WIB)

    C. Structure/Process for state agencies and state board to collaborate

    and communicate with each other and with the local workforce

    investment system

    IV. Economic and Labor Market Analysis 41

    V. Overarching State Strategies 53

    VI. Major State Policies and Requirements 66

    VII. Integration of One-Stop Service Delivery 70

    VIII. Administration ad Oversight of Local Workforce Investment System 73 IX. Service Delivery 94

    A. One-Stop Service Delivery Strategies

    B. Workforce Information

    C. Adults and Dislocated Workers

    D. Rapid Response

    E. Youth

    F. Business Services

    G. Innovative Service Delivery Strategies

    H. Strategies for Faith-based and Community-based Organizations X. State Administration 128

    XI. Assurances 141


    A. State Partners Organizational Chart

    B. Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board authorizing statues C. Diagram of Communication Flow for Workforce Development System D. List of Research and Evaluation Projects

    E. State Waiver Requests

    F. WIA Communication on Unified Complaint Process G. Governor‘s Signature page (separate electronic attachment)

    H. Massachusetts Open Meeting Law (excerpt)


Massachusetts State Plan for FY08 and FY09

    Workforce Investment Act and Wagner-Peyser Funding

Public Process for State Plan

    The process for development of the State Plan relied on input from many workforce stakeholders across the state. The key meetings that assisted in developing and solicited input on the State Plan are listed below:

    In early February, the Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development initiated constituency meetings to begin work on the Administration‘s priorities for workforce development. The Governor‘s Transition Work Group on Workforce Development issued a white paper outlining the major workforce issues raised throughout the campaign. The Secretary convened members of the Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board met in focus groups to review the Work Group‘s recommendations and raise top priorities with the Secretary. The Executive Office of

    Labor and Workforce Development analyzed major themes and designed the three priority areas. These priorities were vetted with all major state partner agencies, Workforce Boards, One-Stop Career Centers and Title I Administrators. Finally, the Secretary met with the Governor to finalize the information on the Administration‘s workforce development priorities presented in the State Plan. An abbreviated timeline is below:

    January Governor‘s Transition Work Group on Workforce Development issued a white paper

    outlining the major workforce issues raised throughout the campaign.

January Focus groups with Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board.


    March 7 Massachusetts Workforce Partners Meeting discussion of the effectiveness of the 3

    current waivers and an exercise to solicit input on other waiver requests.

    April 27 Initial meeting with EOLWD departments to review and discuss workforce priority


    May 24 Meeting with representation from the Mass Workforce Board Association and

    Workforce Investment Association (an open invitation to participate was sent to all

    workforce Partners).

    June 4 Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development re-convened the members of the

    Governor‘s Workforce Transition Team and interested MWIB members to discuss the

    Administration‘s workforce priorities.

June 9 Massachusetts Workforce Partners Meeting - Presented an overview of the

    Administration‘s workforce priorities and content of the State Plan for FY08 &FY09,

    which included small group discussions on priorities.

June 13 Presented at Mass Workforce Investment Board (MWIB) - Overview of the

    Administration‘s workforce priorities and content of the State Plan for FY08 &FY09 to

    gain endorsement of the State Plan.

June 20 Posting of Draft State Plan FY08 & FY09 on for review and

    comment. Notice of posting sent to all Massachusetts workforce partners. Comments

    received were incorporated into the final document.


Massachusetts State Plan for FY08 and FY09

    Workforce Investment Act and Wagner-Peyser Funding

State Plan Content

    I. Describe the Governor’s vision for a Statewide workforce investment system. Provide a summary articulating the Governor’s vision for utilizing the resources of the public workforce system in support of the State’s economic development that address the issues and questions below. States are encouraged to attach more detailed documents to expand upon any aspect of the summary response if available. (?112(a) and (b)(4)(A-C).)

A. What are the State’s economic development goals for attracting, retaining and growing

    business and industry within the State? (?112(a) and (b)(4)(A-C).)

    The Patrick Administration took office in January 2007. In the short months in office, a

    new set of economic goals are emerging. The Massachusetts economy was hard hit through

    the recession. A key goal for the Governor is to recover the 100,000 jobs lost since 2001.

    Attracting new business is as important as growing the businesses in the state. Thus one of

    the first priority areas for the Administration is an ―all hands‖ approach to coordinate

    economic, infrastructure, workforce and capital investments to stimulate job growth.

    Below is an outline of emerging economic and workforce goals.

    1. Coordinate Business and Job Growth Across the State

     Coordinate and Streamline Growth Policies.

    The work of government, too often, is performed in silos. Within days of taking office,

    the Governor created a Development Cabinet to organize the work of the Governor‘s

    Office, Energy and Environmental Affairs, Housing & Economic Development, Labor

    & Workforce Development and Transportation & Construction. The Cabinet meets

    weekly and is chaired by the Governor. The Cabinet focuses on projects of specific

    importance to regional and statewide development and encourages cross-cabinet

    collaboration on permitting and complex initiatives. Currently, the Development

    Cabinet is tackling a revitalization plan for the City of Springfield and the South Coast

    Rail Line proposal for the New Bedford region.

     Coordinate and Streamline Business Permitting Regulations.

    The Governor appointed a permitting ombudsman to create a single point of contact for

    business to ensure state permitting for development projects within six months. In

    addition, the State is working on a website as a single source for all businesses to access

    all resources including permitting, license requirements, and payment of fees.

     Coordinate and Streamline Business Services

    The new Administration continues to support the ―Business Resource Team‖(BRT) as a

    one-stop shopping option for small to large businesses, which was described in the

    prior plan. The BRT developed a coordinated voice for state government to use in

    outreach with businesses. The BRT also worked on coordinated marketing packages,

    800 phone lines, websites, business events, technical assistance services and state

    oversight of various employer services. The BRT in many ways coordinated the ―face‖


    Massachusetts State Plan for FY08 and FY09

    Workforce Investment Act and Wagner-Peyser Funding