Mission, Vision, and Goals

Mission Statement

The Northeastern Workforce Development Board is a local organization dedicated to bringing together employers and employees in Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Washington counties to promote a healthy economy in the region.

We seek to provide citizens with access to training and educational opportunities and the necessary support to obtain sustainable employment that leads to a livable wage as defined by the Maine State Workforce Board and provide employers with a skilled workforce.

The Northeastern Workforce Development Board will direct the use of employment resources for the benefit of our citizens and current and future employers by:

• Nurturing partnerships.
• Working in conjunction with local economic development initiatives.
• Being mindful of the needs of the local economy.

Vision Statement

The Northeastern Workforce Development Board Area will have a skilled and diverse workforce, creating opportunities for employers and employees, maintaining a high quality of life sustainable over changing economic conditions.


Strategic goals set forth by the Northeastern Workforce Development Board include:

Goal #1

To increase, for individuals in the 5 counties, particularly those individuals with barriers to employment, access to and opportunities for the employment, education, training, and support services they need to succeed in the labor market.

Goal #2

To improve the quality and labor market relevance of workforce investment, education, and economic development efforts to provide America’s workers with the skills and credentials necessary to secure and advance in employment with family-sustaining wages and to provide America’s employers with the skilled workers the employers need to succeed in a global economy.

Goal #3

To support the alignment of workforce investment, education, and economic development systems in support of a comprehensive, accessible, and high-quality workforce development system in the United States.

Goal #4

To promote improvement in the structure of and delivery of services through the United States workforce development system to better address the employment and skill needs of workers, job seekers, and employers.

Goal #5

For purposes of subtitle A and B of title I, to provide workforce investment activities, through statewide and local workforce development systems, that increase the employment, retention, and earning of participants, and increase attainment of recognized postsecondary credentials by participants, and as a result, improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, increase economic self-sufficiency, meet the skill requirements of employers, and enhance the productivity and competitiveness of the Nation.

Goal #6

To increase the prosperity of workers and employers in the United States, the economic growth of communities, regions, and States, and the global competitiveness of the United States.