Workforce Development Council
The Workforce Development Council's primary responsibility is to provide policy guidance and oversight of the local workforce development system. In Baltimore County, the Council includes representation from:
- Private sector businesses
- Organized labor
- Educational agencies
- Rehabilitation agencies
- Community-based organizations
The Workforce Development Council's Role
The Council provides input and guidance regarding industry trends to ensure employment and training strategies are consistent with local labor market demands. The Council recommends marketing and promotional activities to the business community that will increase awareness of the Workforce Development Division as a source of trained employees.
The Council also supports and promotes new initiatives, partnerships and linkages that have a positive effect on the long-term economic growth of Baltimore County and the Baltimore region.
The Council meets at various locations in Baltimore County generally the second Thursday of every other month from September through May. Meetings include committee updates, presentations and discussions around topics such as the labor market, global workforce development conditions, grants awarded to Baltimore County, and regional economic development issues. For 2012-2013, Council meetings will be held at the Baltimore County Workforce Development Center at Hunt Valley located at 11101 McCormick Road in Hunt Valley from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on the following dates:
- May 10
- September 13
- November 8
- January 10
- March 14
- May 9
Note: Dates and locations are subject to change, please check back often.
The Council currently has six standing committees and has partnered with the Mayor's Office of Employment Development to create a Baltimore Regional Initiatives Task Force.
The Healthcare Committee addresses a wide variety of workforce development issues related to the healthcare industry, which is one of the largest employers in the Baltimore region. In addition, the committee plans and implements activities to increase the talent pool for the healthcare industry. This committee meets monthly at the Workforce Development Center at Hunt Valley.
The Silver Tsunami Committee undertakes workforce issues faced by county residents ages 55 and older as well as those faced by employers who foresee a wave of baby boomer retirements. While these issues are often affected by changes in the economic environment, the basic challenges remain the same. This committee meets monthly at the Workforce Development Center at Hunt Valley.
The Skilled Trades Committee meets as needed to plan and implement career expos, make proposals for training opportunities for a variety of industry-related fields, and plan and implement ways to increase the talent pool for the skilled trades.
The Grants and Finance Committee meets as needed to report on the fiscal status of the Workforce Development Division and to develop grant proposals that will enhance the training opportunities for residents of the county.
The Youth Council meets on a regular basis to plan a variety of activities that will serve youth and youth service providers. One of the main activities of the Youth Council is to help provide direction for the Annual Youth Symposium. In addition, the Youth Council provides support for the Summer Youth Employment Program.
The Legislative Committee provides an opportunity for the Workforce Development Council to research, investigate and support legislation which enhances the Workforce Development climate in Baltimore County.
The Baltimore Regional Initiatives Task Force was recently developed to recommend strategies that will foster meaningful activities to enhance regional collaboration and engagement among workforce entities. In addition, the Task Force will propose areas that require additional funding and/or policy refinement or redirection.
Mr. Mark. D. Habicht, President
Mr. Isaac S. Manjoe, President & Chief Executive Officer
Manjoe Insurance Agency, Inc.
Mr. Joseph T. Biglin, Chief Executive Officer
Training Port Strategies
Mr. Roland O. Campbell, Jr., President/Broker, GRI
The ROC Realty Group
Ms. Teal Cary, Executive Director
Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Michael Carey, Executive Dean, Continuing Education & Economic Development
Community College of Baltimore County
Mr. J.P. "Buddy" Cefalu, General Organizer
International Association of Iron Workers
Mr. Edwin S. Crawford, Managing Director
Lyons Capital Investment, LLC
Mr. Douglas W. Eder, President
Oak Contracting Builders
Mr. Dan Gundersen, Executive Director
Baltimore County Department of Economic Development
Dr. Joseph A. Hairston, Superintendent
Baltimore County Public Schools
Ms. Kathryn Heflin, Regional Vice President of Operations - Capital Region
Genesis Health Care
Mr. Laurens "Mac" MacLure, Jr., President & Chief Executive Officer
RWD Technologies Inc.
Mr. George Mayo, Executive Director
Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, Inc.
Mr. Melvin Mintz
Mr. Terry Neimeyer, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman of the Board
KCI Technologies, Inc.
Mr. James P. O'Neill, Director
Baltimore County Department of Corrections
Ms. Nancy L. Ostrow, President
Baltimore County Council PTA
Mr. James Perrone, Chief Executive Office
First Step, Inc.
Mr. Anthony Randall, Sr., Assistant Vice President, External Affairs
Mr. Keith Scott, President & Chief Executive Officer
Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Hector L. Torres, President
Ms. Joanne E. Williams, Director
Baltimore County Department of Aging
Mr. Brian M. White, Vice President, Administration and
Community Physician Enterprise
Revised April 3, 2012