State Workforce Development Board

On behalf of the Governor, the State Workforce Development Board (SWDB) provides direction to the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce and the workforce system on workforce development issues, particularly those pertaining to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The board is comprised of a majority of business leaders. Other members include legislators of the South Carolina Senate and House, local elected officials, workforce partners and representatives of community-based organizations. Members of the board are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor.


To expand and develop a skilled workforce and a responsive workforce system that meets the needs of business and industry leading to sustainable growth economic prosperity and regional and global competiveness for South Carolina.

Guiding Principles

  • Focus solely on activities that support the mission.
  • Evaluate economic and labor market data, and actively listen to an inclusive group of partners, employers, and job seekers.
  • Base strategies and decisions on data and input.
  • Be accountable for outcomes that support business growth and economic opportunities for all South Carolinians.


To align resources to position South Carolinians to meet business needs and promote our workforce in a global economy.