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Apprenticeships expand in Southwest Missouri

With apprenticeships on the rise across Southwest Missouri, there is much to celebrate for the second annual National Apprenticeship Week, November 14-20. Communities large and small recognized the important role Apprentices play in offering employers an opportunity to develop a highly skilled workforce to help grow their business and career seekers the chance to earn…

A.C.T. Work ready communities

Fiber-Ready + Work-Ready = McDonald County

One of Missouri’s newest Certified Work Ready Communities also attained its Fiber-Ready designation. McDonald County business and community leaders celebrated the accomplishments in ceremonies held September 30th at the Crowder College campus in the Jane/Pineville area. “Today’s announcements serve as milestones in McDonald County’s strategic efforts to strengthen and grow its economy,” said Mike Downing, director…

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New trends on staying competitive in the labor market

Labor Day week ushered in a series of workshops for local employers with the debut of a long-awaited labor supply certification study. During the one-hour sessions, employers gained new insights to boost competitiveness as an employer of choice, wage competitiveness, commute patterns, retention trends, and what motivates workers of all ages and types.

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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…

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…

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WorkforceZone: Overcoming Challenges Through Innovation

WorkforceZone is the region’s voice for workforce development progress and impact. Overcoming Workforce Challenges Through Innovation is the theme for the winter edition. Download the PDF edition, optimized for tablets and printers, or check out these WorkforceZone features online. Training/Technology Center Prepares for August Launch NextGen Summit (set for March 29th) Connects Groups Serving Youth/Young…