As a non-profit organization, NOW focuses on workforce development in the Northwest Area which includes Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, and Tillamook counties. As the designated local workforce development board, NOW oversees and coordinates the public workforce system within the five-county area. The oversight and administration of workforce services for the Northwest Area is chartered to NOW's Board of Directors in partnerships with the Northwest Oregon Workforce Consortium, an intergovernmental jurisdiction of a Commissioner from each of the five counties. NOW works on behalf of and in coordination with the Consortium in the five-county area. Not in this five county area? No problem. Click here for information on all of Oregon's Workforce Boards and to find your local board.

Local Workforce Plan

​We developed our first Local Workforce Plan in the Spring of 2015, following requirements set forth by the State of Oregon. View our approved plan here

Role of local Workforce boards

​To better understand the role of the Local Workforce Boards, please view this short informational video. For more information, here's 'The Big Picture



To Advance a collaborative, solutions-based workforce system that positively impacts the prosperity of our communities by meeting the needs of business and industry through a skilled workforce.


Meeting Information, Agendas and Minutes

Board of Directors and Consortium

​Learn more about our Board of Directors and our Consortium