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The Workforce Development Board (WDB) accomplishes its work primarily through committees – Executive, Finance & Audit, Operations, Disability and Youth. Each board member is strongly encouraged to participate on at least one committee. Below is an outline of each committee's responsibilities.


The Executive Committee may confer to carry on routine business of the Board and shall at all times have full authority to act in the absence of a quorum at regularly scheduled and publicized meetings. 

The committee is responsible for:

  • developing/updating the annual strategic plan;
  • recommending candidates to fill board vacancies and proposing a slate of candidates for officers;
  • recruiting and nominating to the Board, the hiring of the Executive Director, and personnel items relevant to staff; and
  • reviewing and recommending amendments of the WDB By-Laws for approval as needed or as suggested by the Board or committees.
Finance & Audit

The Finance & Audit Committee is responsible for advising the WDB on matters relating to the organization's finances.  The committee works with the WDB staff and accountants to direct their work and reviews finance reports so one part of the board is knowledgeable about the income, expenses, assets and liabilities. 

The committee is responsible for:

  • oversight and monitoring of the fiscal integrity of all funds under the control of the Board;
  • reviewing and approving the annual budget, reviewing purchases and expenses and authorizing expenditures by the Executive Director;
  • seeking and developing funds necessary to achieve the goals of the Cattaraugus-Allegany Workforce Development System Plan; and
  • proposing the appointment of an independent auditor for full Board approval.

Operations Oversight

The Operations Oversight Committee is responsible for advising the WDB on matters relating to the delivery of services through the One Stop Career Centers.  The Operations Oversight Committee shall also provide policy guidance as it relates to the overall services available to all customers of the local workforce system. 

The committee is responsible for:

  • certification of training providers and oversight of training outcomes;
  • insuring that the interests of job seekers and employers are equally; 
  • insuring that the One Stop system provides quality comprehensive services in a seamless, integrated, effective and efficient manner;
  • insuring that the One Stop system meets or exceeds performance standards;
  • identifying and monitoring the flow of services;
  • overseeing the One Stop management team;
  • identifying and implementing effective employment and training strategies;
  • recommending funding allocations for program services, and;
  • conducting oversight of program operations, including development and review of program policies. 

Disability Advisory

The Disability Advisory Committee is a responsible for advising the WDB on matters related to accessibility and the provision of disability services to One Stop customers with intellectual or developmental disabilities.  The DAC shall also provide policy guidance as it relates to services to individuals with disabilities. 

The committee is responsible for:

  • advocating for customers with disabilities;
  • raising awareness of disability as a civil rights and diversity issue;
  • promoting collaboration between service providers;
  • ensuring that training for staff on providing supports for or accommodations to, finding employment opportunities for, individuals with disabilities, and;
  • seeking ways to increase competitive integrated employment opportunities.
Youth Advisory

The Youth Advisory Committee is responsible for advising the WDB on matters relating to the delivery of an integrated workforce/employment program for youth. 
The committee is responsible for:

  • providing policy guidance as it relates to services to youth;
  • advocating on behalf of youth workforce development services;
  • advising on funding for program services;
  • developing a more comprehensive and integrated system of workforce development programs and services for youth;
  • developing portions of the annual strategic plan pertaining to the youth program/services;
  • recommending providers of youth services to be awarded grants or contracts on a competitive basis by the local board; 
  • conducting oversight of providers of youth services;
  • coordinating youth workforce development activities in the local area; and
  • providing leadership and a public relations link between the board and the business community for financial contributions, career shadowing, internships, and job opportunities.