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Who We are

The Northeast Tennessee Local Workforce Local Development Board, Inc. (NETLWDB), is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity founded to administer and oversee the delivery of the workforce system services for Northeast Tennessee. The NETLWDB works to ensure responsibilities under federal workforce development law and federal funding are met. NETLWDB jurisdiction includes the eight counties of First Tennessee Development District, Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties. 

As administrative entity, the First Tennessee Development District undertakes the administration of all required workforce development responsibilities for the Board's regional programs such as reporting, monitoring and both the execution and administration of contracts with the Board's service providers.  The NETLWDB develops and directs the local area’s workforce development policies and regional strategies.  Through partnerships with other local, state and federal agencies, education, and economic development organizations, the NETLWDB strives to provide access to jobs, skill development and business services vital to the social and economic well-being of our communities.

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What We Do

Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) are part of the Public Workforce System, a network of federal, state, and local  offices that support economic expansion and develop the talent of the nation’s workforce.


As one of their many functions, WDBs facilitate partnerships between local businesses with similar training needs. WDBs also gather labor market information to develop sector strategies that focus resources on a particular high growth industry for their area, often involving skill training for local businesses. The Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB) is responsible for meeting performance goals negotiated with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).


The Chief Local Elected Officials (CLEOs) of Northeast Tennessee have appointed the Northeast Tennessee Local Workforce Development Board (NETLWDB) to oversee workforce services of Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi & Washington counties. The NETLWDB is a volunteer Board consisting of representatives of private employers, higher education, organized labor, non-profit organizations and public entities. The Board, in consultation with the Chief Local Elected Officials, is responsible for the oversight and selection of the One-Stop Operator and provider of Career and Business Services for the two comprehensive centers located in Northeast Tennessee.   The Chief Local Elected Officials have selected the First Tennessee Development District as the administrative entity and fiscal agent for the NETLWDB.

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