Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) are regional entities created to implement the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 in the U.S. and its territories. Every community in the fifty states and its territories is associated with a Local WIB. A chief elected official like a county commissioner or the mayor of a lead city appoints members to sit on the WIB. These appointed positions are unpaid. The WIB's main role is to direct federal, state and local funding to workforce development programs. WIBs conduct and publish research on development programs and the needs of their regional economy.