WorkSource Montgomery is the “Go-To” place linking local and regional economic development and workforce efforts by developing a deep understanding of target and emerging industry demands, creating sustainable workforce solutions that are tailored to the region, increasing the ability for individuals to compete for higher-quality jobs and the employers to compete within the marketplace. Most importantly, creating lasting change in Montgomery County’s labor market system.
WorkSource Montgomery, Inc. was established as part of Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett’s economic development plan with the goal to promote job training and placement for county workers and meet the workforce needs of county employers. The system established as part of this plan places responsibility for the county’s workforce system outside of the county government’s structure and in the hands of community business leaders and stakeholders.
The system is comprised of two boards: WorkSource Montgomery, Inc., which is in charge of operations for the WDB, and the Workforce Development Board (WDB), which directs the policies that WorkSource Montgomery, Inc. executes. Together, the two boards will direct a robust system of talent development aligned to the future and current economic development priorities within the County.
In his December 2014 inaugural address, Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett outlined his plans to consolidate all workforce programs and to develop innovative ways to address both community workforce needs and market demands. Based on the Call to Action developed by community input convened by Montgomery Moving Forward, in October 2015, County Executive Leggett’s initiative to transform the workforce system in the county moved forward with County Council approval to establish the non-profit WorkSource Montgomery, Inc. as the operating arm for the recently seated Workforce Development Board (WDB).
Since then, WorkSource Montgomery, Inc. has been launched as the workforce development resource for county businesses and jobseekers, and much progress has been made on strategic priorities for the Workforce Development Board and WorkSource Montgomery, Inc.