WIOA Title I-A & I-B Policy & Procedure Manual
Ch. 1) Administration and Governance

1.5 WIOA Regional and Local Plans



1.5.1 Regional Planning

Effective date: July 1, 2020

Local Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) and Chief Elected Officials (CEOs) within local areas that are part of a planning region must engage in regional planning that results in:

  • The preparation of a Regional Plan;
  • The establishment of regional service strategies, including the use of cooperative service delivery agreements;
  • The development and implementation of sector initiatives for in-demand industry sectors or occupations for the region;
  • The collection and analysis of regional labor market data (in conjunction with the state);
  • The establishment of administrative cost arrangements, including the pooling of funds for administrative costs, as appropriate, for the region;
  • The coordination of transportation and other supportive services, as appropriate, for the region;
  • The coordination of services with regional economic development services and providers; and
  • The establishment of an agreement concerning how the planning region will collectively negotiate and reach agreement with the Governor on local levels of performance for, and report on, the performance accountability measures for local areas or the planning region.1

Within each region, a single Regional Plan must be prepared, submitted, and granted DWD-DET approval in accordance with Section 1.5.5 of this chapter. The plan must include a description of the activities outlined above and must incorporate the Local Plans for each of the local areas in the planning region.2 At the start of each regional planning cycle, DWD-DET will issue guidance outlining Regional Plan requirements, submission deadlines, and other pertinent information.






In-Demand Occupation

Effective date: April 29, 2019

An "in-demand occupation" is:

a) an occupation in an industry sector that:

  • has substantial current or potential impact (including through jobs leading to economic self-sufficiency and opportunities for advancement) on the state, regional, or local economy, and
  • contributes to the growth or stability of other supporting businesses, or the growth of other industry sectors;

or

b) an occupation that currently has or is projected to have a number of positions (including positions leading to economic self-sufficiency and opportunities for advancement) in an industry sector so as to have a significant impact on the state, regional, or local economy.

The Wisconsin Governor's Council on Workforce Investment or local WDB determines if an industry sector or occupation is in-demand, using state and regional business and labor market projections, including the use of labor market information.

WIOA Sec. 3(23)