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Joplin Metro among nation’s best for logistics and quality of life

Business Facilities magazine published their 12th Annual Rankings Report in their August edition. The Joplin metro area landed in the top ten ranking for two different categories: 7th for Logistics (industry sector) Leaders and 8th for Quality of Life. Joplin ranks alongside very worthy competitors. Quality of Life Rankings Oklahoma City, OK Nashville, TN Minneapolis,…

Southwest Missouri Work Ready Communities

First tri-state Work Ready region emerges

Continuing the legacy of firsts for regional workforce innovation, the Joplin Tri-State Region is the first in the nation to achieve Certified Work Ready Community (CWRC) status that crosses the borders of three different states with the attainment by Ottawa County.  As investors often put their top priorities on workforce, having CWRC is a big…

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WorkforceZone 7/16: High Octane Solutions

The region’s voice for Workforce Development, WorkforceZone, released its second quarter recap issue with the theme Workforce Strategies Seek High Octane Solutions. The 17-page journal is downloadable as a printer and tablet-friendly PDF. WorkforceZone archives its articles online as well. WorkforceZone journal (PDF) FUEL Revs Up Recruitment for Skilled Workers and Promote Quality of Region OneJoplin Expands Literacy and…

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New training models lower cost and fill gaps in manufacturing

Interest and investment continues to grow for the Joplin Region (MO/KS/OK).  Like many vibrant economic regions nationwide, Joplin faces shortages of qualified job candidates to meet demand.  Employers, educators, workforce specialists, and economic developers are joining forces to fill gaps in the pools of entry-level job candidates.  Short-term strategies emphasize real-time, on-demand training and user-friendly…

Crossland named ACT top employer examplar

ACT hosted its fourth annual National Gala on College and Career Readiness in June, the capstone event of a year-long campaign to highlight students, schools, and employers for their exceptional achievements and commitment to preparing all individuals for life after high school.  Crossland Construction took top honors nationally as the ACT Employer Exemplar. Crossland is one of the…

A.C.T. Work ready communities

Barton County joins nation’s Work Ready elite

Barton County celebrated accomplishments for becoming an ACT Certified Work Ready Community on Friday with special ceremonies tied to a day-long reviews and planning for Lamar in the Feels Like Home Tour through Missouri Community Betterment. Missouri Department of Economic Development Director, Mike Downing, presented an official proclamation from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to mark the…