Suwannee Democrat

November 29, 2012

North Florida Workforce Board ranks in the top for job placement

Joyce Marie Taylor
Suwannee Democrat

Mayo — North Florida Workforce Development Board (NFWDB) Executive Director Sheryl Rehberg recently updated the Lafayette County Board of County Commissioners on changes to the interlocal agreement, which the board later approved.

Lafayette County is one of the six counties in the North Florida Workforce region, along with Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor counties.

The NFWDB is a private non-profit organization that brings together businesses, elected officials, educators and other collaborative partners to build and enhance a workforce to meet the needs of a demand driven economy. It is supported by federal funds and is affiliated with Workforce Florida, Inc. and the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation.

Rehberg asked the commissioners at their Nov. 13 meeting to approve a revised interlocal agreement for the North Florida Workforce Consortium.

“I want to say a special thanks to Commissioner (Donnie) Hamlin who has been very faithful to serve in that capacity for Lafayette County and keeping up with what’s going on in the Workforce system,” said Rehberg. “He and I have had lots of visiting time together and he is very faithful to the meetings of the consortium.”

Each county, Rehberg said, is responsible for approving their participation in the interlocal agreement. The changes to the language of the agreement are to comply with the 2012 legislative requirements, she said.

“For one thing, I updated the population of the region in this agreement because it has been two or three years since it was done,” said Rehberg.

Another change was a reduction of consortium staff to the minimum as directed by Governor Scott.

“They will retain the 51 percent majority of private sector members on the board,” Rehberg continued. “That has not changed.”

Rehberg said the consortium has the legislatively required seats on the workforce board and the same number plus one private sector members.

“It is a public/private board and the law requires that it be led by a majority of private sector members,” she said.

Another change she noted was that all efforts must be made to assure representation from all six participating counties, which changed, she said, from assigning a specific number of members from each county.

“I also want to report that over the last four weeks or so, our board has been ranked in the top 10, often in the top performing region in job placements,” said Rehberg. “A year ago this month the governor instituted a daily job placement report where all 24 workforce regions are ranked as to who is the best in placing people in jobs and we have ranked at the top.”