The Greater Peninsula Workforce Board is a group of community leaders appointed by local elected officials and tasked with planning and oversight responsibilities for workforce development programs and services within the seven localities that comprise the Virginia Career Works – Greater Peninsula Region. We are one of the fifteen Boards established within the Commonwealth by the Governor’s Office.

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we are responsible for:

  • Developing local plans to carry out job training programs authorized and funded under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014;
  • Oversight of the local public workforce service delivery system and its American Job Centers;
  • Coordination of workforce activities with area educational institutions and economic development agencies; and,
  • Engaging the business community in the work of the Board to ensure it is responsive to employer needs, demonstrates a positive return on investment and broadens its base of support.   

As required under our authorizing legislation, the Board is led by and a majority of its membership is selected from the local business community. In all, Board membership includes individuals representing business and industry, economic development agencies, community-based organizations, secondary and post-secondary education, organized labor, public assistance agencies and other allied state agencies.

Based on the belief there’s nothing more important to a region’s economic vitality than a highly skilled workforce, the Board focuses its attention on identifying the workforce needs of the region’s employers, job seekers and youth.  We partner with economic development entities, educational institutions, local governments and employers to devise innovative strategies so we can develop workforce talent that benefits businesses across the board and helps establish or advance careers for people of all ages.

As a consequence, Board programs and services are designed to identify local workforce development needs and implement solutions and strategies to address those needs. Its purpose in this regard is to ensure that local employers can become and remain competitive by having access to a highly skilled and well educated labor pool and that, individual job seekers and workers can attain the skills necessary for employment in upwardly mobile, in-demand occupations that provide family sustaining wages and benefits.


Collaboration has been at the forefront of workforce stakeholders to create meaningful employment opportunities and provide comprehensive services for existing and prospective employers. On September 26, 2018, the Hampton Roads Workforce Council and the Greater Peninsula Workforce Board signed a Regional Resolution supporting the Southeastern Virginia Regional Workforce Collaborative—making the first step toward a more integrated, holistic regional workforce system.

This strategic regional approach to workforce development will enable us to more effectively implement business engagement strategies, continuous communication and outreach efforts, program development and support, provisions of labor market intelligence, veteran transition support and services, and emerging workforce initiatives to keep pace with new technologies and career pathways.

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Hampton Roads Workforce Council

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Norfolk, VA  23510
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