Happy New Year Everybody. I was asked the following question: "A CEO is recommending a member of the Board of Directors of a Chamber of Commerce as a community based rep. He is a banker by profession. Does this person qualify as a CBO member?" The definition of CBO in WIA states it is "a private nonprofit organization that is representative of a community or a significant segment of a community and that has demonstrated expertise and effectiveness in the field of workforce investment." One of the mandated member on the state board is "representatives of individuals and organizations that have experience and expertise in the delivery of workforce investment activities, including chief executive officers of community colleges and community-based organizations within the State." My gut says no but I'm having trouble articulating why. I just think that the Board has 51% representation of private business and don't need anymore representation on the board. Also with business being under a different category there is the implication that they cannot come under this category. Also the listing of the mandated member that has CBO as an example would indicate that the organization has to have experience delivery workforce investment activities. And although the Chamber is certainly involved with workforce investment activities I don't think they are involved with the delivery of those activities. Anybody have any ideas. Or maybe you think it is ok. Any help is appreciated. Thanks JP Jane C. Pomerantz Deputy Chief Counsel Department of Labor & Industry Phone: 717-787-4186 Fax: 717-787-1303 Wisdom is knowing the right road to take. Integrity is taking it.