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The North Dakota Workforce Development Council (S. L. 1991, Ch. 541) was established by executive order and served as a 25-member advisory body appointed by the Governor.  This  order was followed by the establishment of the Division of Workforce Development as enacted during the 2001 legislative session, and became a cabinet-level division within the Department of Commerce (S. L. 2001, Ch. 488). The purpose of the division was to advise the Governor and the public concerning the nature and extent of workforce development and economic development needs in North Dakota and to show how these needs could effec­tively maximized by using all available resources. The division was charged with the establishing of an effective and responsive workforce development system allowing for self-sufficiency and providing a superior workforce capable of competing in the global marketplace.  In 2011 the division administered nine federal or state assessment programs, including councils, initiatives, programs, and studies, and the Workforce Developmental Council, and Youth Development Council.


1991       The North Dakota Workforce Development Council was established by Executive Order of the Governor (S. L. 1991, Ch. 541).

2001       The Commerce Department was created in 2001 (S. L. 2001, Ch. 488), absorbing three cabinet-level departments and creating a fourth department called the Division of Workforce Development (S. L. 2001, Ch. 488).

2003       A new section was added to the Century Code [NDCC 54-60] relating to the duties of the Division of Workforce Development that required the division to actively monitor local, regional, national, and private or public workforce development initiatives (S. L. 2003, Ch. 507).

2005 The division was charged with the duties of monitoring local, regional, and national private and public workforce development initiatives (S. L. 2005, Ch. 46).

2011 The Institution of Higher Education was assigned primary responsibility for workforce training [NDCC 52-08-08].


32096 Workforce Development Council. Director’s Files. 

North Dakota Century Code.
North Dakota Department of Commerce Website.
North Dakota Secretary of State Blue Book.
North Dakota State Legislature Session Laws.

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