[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”1322″ border_color=”grey” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1426708151385{margin-top: 20px !important;}”]We are moving into a space and time where our ability, as a workforce board, to effect positive change in our local economies is growing. The Executive Order and federal legislation have positioned us to be the drivers of workforce alignment in our region. We are called to be the “go to” for innovative responses to the challenges we face in our local workforce. I am compelled to rise to that challenge and lead the Incite team to do the same.

New Governor – As you know, we have a new Governor – Kate Brown. What does that mean for us? It appears in the short term it will have little effect on our work. Elana announced last Friday at our Oregon Workforce Partners (OWP) meeting that she would be remaining in her post working for the new Governor.

New Law – We have charted a course that will keep us on track to meet the federal requirements for the new WIOA board by the June 30 deadline. Please note the following schedule. The WIA board will remain in effect until the WIOA board is officially appointed.

New Workforce and Labor Policy Advisor – You may not know that former Workforce Policy Advisor Agnes Balassa has taken a position with the state of Washington. Prior to the resignation of John Kitzhaber, he had appointed Elana Pirtle-Guiney as the new Workforce and Labor Policy Advisor. She comes from the AFLCIO to this new role and is getting up to speed as quickly as possible.

New Project Managers at Incite – We mentioned in our last full board meeting that we had received a three million dollar Workforce Innovation Fund grant from the Department of Labor and that we would be hiring a project manager to oversee the state roll out of the proposed initiative. Our new Project Manager is Jennifer Johnson. She comes from Yamhill County Public Health as the Programs Coordinator focused on two major projects: tobacco prevention and service integration. Jennifer comes to us with an educational background in Public Health, completing her Masters in 2011 from The University of Auckland in New Zealand.

At the same meeting we also announced that we had received more state funding for theNet, our Career Achievement Network initiative, and would be hiring a project manager for that as well. Our new project manager for theNet is Bob Casarez. He has utilized his MBA extensively in program building and fund raising over his career. We are happy to have them on the team. Please stop by and meet them when you have a chance.