The Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board provides, planning, technical assistance and implementation of employment, and training activities as required by Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for the local area, as well as providing oversight, coordination and guidance of the local NCWorks Career Centers.


Additionally, the Workforce Development Division promotes and develops partnerships and linkages with workforce resource agencies and institutions to sustain coordinated approaches to developing workforce program design and delivery systems. 


We are here to serve businesses and jobseekers within Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba Counties. Take some time to look through our website of services and initiatives to see how we can impact your success!

The Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board is housed within the Western Piedmont Council of Governments (WPCOG), a voluntary association of local governments. The WPCOG was organized in 1968 as a nonprofit group to provide long-range planning and technical assistance. The organization is one of 16 regional councils in North Carolina formed under NC General Statutes 160A 470-478. Local governments eligible for WPCOG membership include Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties located in Western NC and the 24 cities and towns within those counties. Our mission statement is to “serve all local government members with professional, cost effective assistance on a variety of local, regional, state and federal issues and programs.”


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WFD Board of Directors

The Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board (WDB) comprises private and public sector volunteers. Marty Waters, President and CEO of Marlin Company, currently serves as Chair.


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*Regularly scheduled workforce development board meetings will be held electronically until further notice. Members of the public or media who wish to listen in on the meetings may do so by contacting Wendy Johnson Workforce Development Board Director at (828) 485-4273 in order to receive access for the call in.

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The Western Piedmont Council of Governments shall serve all local government members in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties with professional, cost-effective assistance on a variety of local, regional, state and federal issues and programs.

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Telephone: ​828.322.9191

Fax: 828.322.5991

Mailing: P.O. Box 9026 | Hickory, NC 28603
Location: 1880 2nd Avenue NW
Hickory, NC 28601

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This institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services. Auxiliary aids and services for individuals with disabilities are available upon request. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.