by Mary Rains, Mille Lacs Health System.
Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan have announced that William (Bill) Nelson, of Onamia, CEO of Mille Lacs Health System, was reappointed to the Governor’s Workforce Development Council Board (GWDB). He will be acting as a Representative of Business, and will hold the term until Dec. 31, 2021.
The GWDB works to strengthen the skills of Minnesota's workforce. The board represents key leaders from business, education, labor, community-based organizations, and government. “We work to advise the Governor on opportunities and strategies for Minnesota’s workforce,” said Nelson.
Leaders on the board also forge constructive solutions to Minnesota’s workforce challenges and provide leadership on plans that are of strategic importance to the state.
The Board ensures employers play an active role in improving education and training programs; and it provides a venue for those in the workforce who have a vested interest to build a shared vision, as well as form strategic alliances.
The GWDB's mission is to analyze and recommend workforce development policies to the governor and legislature toward talent development, resource alignment and system effectiveness to ensure a globally competitive workforce for Minnesota.
Some of the initiatives of the board include work on career pathways; racial equity in education, training, and employment; and disabilities equity in education, training, and employment.
“The ongoing work of the board is important to our state, and I’ll continue to help uphold their mission and vision,” said Nelson.