Commissioner Riden Elected to Lead 9-County Local Elected Official (LEO) Board

Lewisburg, PA – The Central Pennsylvania Local Elected Official (LEO) Board announced the election
results from its reorganizational meeting held on February 24, 2012. The Board is comprised of one
County Commissioner from each of the nine counties in the Central Pennsylvania workforce investment
area: Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union

The LEO Board works in tandem with the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board (WDB),
incorporated as the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation (CPWDC), a 501c3 nonprofit
organization, to oversee the regional public workforce system, including six strategically located PA
CareerLink® facilities.

Otis Riden, Mifflin County Commissioner since 2006, was elected by his peers to serve a two-year term
as the Chairman of the LEO Board. Riden, a lifelong resident of Mifflin County, had a 40-year career with
New Holland, one of the largest farm machinery manufacturers in the world. Upon assuming this role as
LEO Board Chairman, Riden stated, “I am honored to serve in this capacity and look forward to working
closely with my fellow LEO Board members; WIB leadership Teri MacBride, Chair, and Dave Zartman,
Vice Chair; and CPWDC staff to promote, support and strengthen efforts to increase the employability of
the region’s workforce. Combining the expertise of public and private sector representatives allows the
system to be responsive to the needs of employers while maintaining accountability.”

Also elected during the reorganizational meeting were LEO Vice Chairman Dave Kovach, Columbia
County and LEO Second Vice Chairman, Robert “Pete” Smeltz, Clinton County.

The LEO Board plays a critical role in appointing qualified individuals, the majority of which are key
decision makers in private businesses, to serve on the Workforce Development Board. The LEO Board also
provides oversight of CPWDC’s $13.5 million budget, which includes Workforce Investment Act,
Department of Public Welfare and competitive grant funds to meet the workforce needs of job seekers
and employers.

CPWDC’s mission is to be the leading vehicle for regional unification, coordination, integration and
alignment of workforce activities, resources and initiatives to support economic sustainability, improve
education systems and develop and retain a quality labor force in Central Pennsylvania. For more
information on CPWDC, including information on qualifications for prospective WIB members, visit


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