Chambers of Commerce & Business Organizations Support for WIA Reauthorization
Support Letter to Congress
To date, more than 90 Chambers of Commerce and business organizations across America representing over 50,000 businesses have sent a clear message to Congressional leaders through a letter of support for reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). The WIA, which replaced the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) in 1998, authorizes nearly 550+ local business-led workforce investments boards (WIBs) that cover all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Territories to oversee and coordinate services through a network of 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers. Through WIA, over 12,000 businesses across America volunteer their time and energy to coordinate and develop workforce strategies that leverage funding and resources within their local communities to prepare and match the skills of workers with the global demands of companies that make the economy tick. The letter of support was sent to Democratic and Republican leadership of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee which is currently considering reauthorization.