Houston, Texas

City Name and Name of Workforce Area:
Gulf Coast Workforce Board

Contact Person:
Mike Temple

Contact Information:

Sylvester Turner


The Gulf Coast Workforce Board

The Gulf Coast Workforce Board and its operating affiliate, Workforce Solutions, are the public workforce system in the 13-county Houston-Galveston region of Texas. We help employers meet their human resource needs and individuals build careers, so both can compete in the global economy. The Workforce Board is business-led and community focused, with approximately 50 members representing private sector business, education, organized labor and community-based organizations.

With participation from the region’s chief local elected officials, the Workforce Board sets the strategic direction for the regional workforce system and guides the area’s workforce agenda focusing on four key results: competitive employers, an educated workforce, more and better jobs, and higher incomes.

The Board contracts for the operations of Workforce Solutions, which directly delivers service to employers and individuals.

Our Employer Service team provides individualized service that helps employers find qualified applicants for specific jobs. We will also help employers strengthen their current workforce as well as get advice on human resource issues and concerns. We partner with businesses, educational institutions, civic organizations and community leaders to find solutions to labor needs of industries vital to the region and its economy.

With 24 locations across the region, the staff in our Career Offices help people find jobs, keep jobs or get better jobs. We offer job search and job matching assistance, career counseling and financial aid for education/training or work support. Through 150+ locations and seven major providers, the Board also funds adult education and literacy service for more than 25,000 individuals annually.

In addition to making sure the region’s public system operates effectively and efficiently, the Board uses its resources and policy voice to leverage change in the larger world:

Competitive Employers

What we do adds to our employers’ bottom lines by ensuring a qualified and skilled workforce, increasing productivity and promoting growth in the region’s economy.

An Educated Workforce

Through our services and our relationships with partners, we look to improving education levels of the region’s residents (literacy, high school completion, post-secondary certificates and degrees) as well as providing the best possible career information about good jobs of the future.

More and Better Jobs

Partnering with the area’s economic development organizations, chambers of commerce and business associations, we provide direct assistance and leverage efforts that support employers who are expanding, as well as start-ups and new businesses.

Higher Incomes

Investing in employers’ productivity and individuals’ education and skill levels helps provide for rising family incomes. The Board also works with partners across the region to help low-income families move into more highly-skilled and better-paying jobs.

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