Wednesday, May 11, 2016

"That's why I need their input; it's time to tell us what they think."

Nancy Dischinat, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board, Inc.

I recently spoke Anthony Salamone from the Morning Call to spread the news that we need employers input regarding the Transitional Local Plan.  Please visit to offer your comments and help our economic development in the Lehigh Valley.
The full article is provided below.

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 It's Nancy Dischinat's job to ensure the Lehigh Valley is working, but for years she has been preaching that it's a matter of integrating stakeholders — the unemployed, employers, educational institutions and more — and finding answers to residents' needs.
"Do we need to increase more bus routes with LANTA?" Dischinat said Wednesday. "Do we need to work more with dislocated workers, because maybe we're not finding them the right jobs or services?"
As executive director of the Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board Inc., Dischinat also is charged with putting into place a "Transitional Local Plan" on the workforce, what she considers the most important "economic development" resource. The transitional plan will serve as the foundation for implementing federal law.
Dischinat is seeking comments on the plan until May 25. People who would prefer to comment publicly can do so during a meeting at 6 p.m. May 11 at the Workforce Development Board/Lehigh Valley CareerLink offices, 555 Union Blvd. in Allentown.
The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 requires each governor to submit the transitional plan as part of a four-year roadmap outlining the state's workforce development strategy.
It's the first sweeping change in years, Dischinat said Wednesday. Boards such as hers, working with the state, are obligated to fill in people about the law. During the transitional year, which runs from July 1 through June 30, 2017, those agencies must also work with state and federal labor offices and "figure out all the nuances of the law and get ready," she said.
"I think one of the biggest challenges we have in implementing the plan is, is it meeting the needs of the employers and the customer population?" Dischinat said.
"That's why I need their input; it's time to tell us what they think."
People can see the 72-page draft plan at either or It is also available at four locations: the workforce development board on Union Boulevard; the Allentown Employment and Training Center, 718 Hamilton St.; the Lehigh County Government Center in Allentown; and Northampton County Government Center in Easton.
Comments can also be emailed to Dischinat at For more information call 610-437-5627.
Nancy Dischinat, executive director of the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board Inc., is shown during a presentation in January at Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce's Economic Outlook event at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. Dischinat is seeking public comment this month on a draft plan that will govern the future of Valley job development. (APRIL BARTHOLOMEW / THE MORNING CALL FILE PHOTO)

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