WDB Members


The NWPA Workforce Development Board (WDB) is comprised of members representing business, labor, education, social services, and government agencies throughout Northwest Pennsylvania. Working in cooperation with chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, planning commissions, and others, the Board focuses its development activities on key industry segments that include electronics manufacturing, food processing, construction, health care, metal fabrication, plastics, technology, lumber and hardwoods, oil and gas, transportation, and mining. The Board also administers federal and state funds for programs targeted to adults, dislocated workers, and young people through five PA CareerLink® offices in Erie, Crawford, Clarion, Oil Region (Venango), and Warren


James Decker, Chair

President / CEO
Employer: Warren County Chamber of Business & Industry (WCCBI)
Years Employed: 21

Jim is the President and CEO of Warren County Chamber of Business & Industry (WCCBI). He attended Mansfield University, majoring in music before completing a Business Management degree through State University of New York. Jim also hold a Certificate for IEDC Non-Profit Management. His began his career as a Project Engineer in the Naval Nuclear Department of Struthers Wells Corporation. After that, he jumped ship to Garrison-Simonsen, Inc., a multi-line commercial and personal line insurance agency. In 1998, Jim started his path at the Warren County chamber of Commerce as the Executive Director. Jim’s diverse private sector background and depth of awareness of the Warren County business community provides an excellent basis for helping to shape and deliver needed service program to their diverse economic community. When he is not working, Jim enjoys exercise of all kinds such as cycling, kayaking, and hiking. He also enjoys home remodeling and construction projects. 


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