January 1999 – Florida becomes one of seven states to implement WIA early, on July 1, 1999. As a result, the Board enters into a fast-paced re-organizing and planning phase.
July 1999 – Mike Stedem is appointed as the Board’s Chair.
July 1999 – The Board has met all requirements under WIA and begins operating under the new law.
July 1999 – The Board partners with Lakeland area businesses to develop and submit for funding a program, Skills for Life, to train manufacturing workers. It was subsequently awarded.