The Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board, Inc. (WDB) is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors responsible for developing policy and overseeing local workforce development initiatives in partnership with the local elected officials. In North Carolina, there are twenty-five local WDBs with representatives appointed from all 100 counties.
Members of the WDB are appointed by the Chief Elected Officials of their respective county in accordance with criteria established by the Governor. WDB membership includes representatives from business and industry, education agencies, community-based organizations, economic development agencies, public employment services, public assistance agencies, vocational rehabilitation, and labor organizations. Membership is drawn from individuals who have optimum policy-making authority form their organization.
The authority of the WDB is established in Federal and State legislation that provides funding to support the operation of the workforce development system. The WDBs role is to ensure that the local workforce development system is market-driven and responsive in meeting the employment and training needs of employers and job seekers alike.