Workforce Tulsa and Eastern Workforce Development Board Merger
Merger Information from the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development
In August the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development issued notice of the need to reorganize the Eastern Workforce Development Board within the Northeast Planning Region in compliance with federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) regulations. The plan moves the former Eastern Workforce Area into the Tulsa area, creating one large area and reducing the State from 7 to 6 Local Workforce Boards. The plan meets State policy and Federal (WIOA) guidance and was approved by Governor Stitt and Secretary Sean Kouplen in November, 2020. Please read the full memo released by the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development for more information, a detailed timeline, and area illustrations.
Merger Information from Workforce Tulsa
Don Morris, Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development (OOWD) Director, formally announced the merger between Workforce Tulsa and the Eastern Workforce Development Board. This announcement follows several months of diligent work on the part of Local Elected Officials and Executive Directors from both areas. The move will combine the 4 counties covered by Workforce Tulsa (Tulsa, Creek, Osage, and Pawnee) with the 7 counties covered by the Eastern Workforce Development Board (Adair, Cherokee, McIntosh, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Sequoyah, and Wagoner). While the merger is effective now, there will be no immediate, observable changes in the day-to-day business for either region. Our highest priority remains delivering a service that provides employers with qualified employees and job seekers with tools for careers.
We believe that this is an exciting move for both Workforce Tulsa and Eastern. A merger allows us to combine resources and identify and implement best practices, driving more integration and innovation for both business leaders and job seekers. It also opens up countless opportunities for the development of new partnerships and programs throughout our region.
Frequently Asked Questions
I live in the Eastern area, will my local Workforce job center close?
No, all offices will remain business as usual, as well as services and funding.
How does this affect funding to my area?
Funding streams will remain constant and planned to improve in the future by the combining of resources and best practices from both regions.
What will the new region be called?
Rebranding efforts are taking place currently to identify a name and logo for the new area.
I have questions and/or concerns about this merge. Who can I talk to?
Please email Rachel Hutchings, Workforce Tulsa Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.