Newton and Barry counties joined Jasper County as fully-certified Work Ready Communities (CWRC). The Joplin Metro is now Missouri’s first MSA certified as work ready. Remaining counties in the WIB and JRP areas are closing in on their goals, helping build work-ready regions and corridors. CWRC and NCRC™ investments already are paying off with new job creation and commercial investment tied to workforce quality.
Barry and Newton counties are among Missouri’s newest crop of Certified Work Ready Communities. Statewide workforce board officials approved the credentials at their meeting in July. Governor Nixon presented Newton County with the proclamation August 11th in Neosho. The presentation helped kick off ceremonies celebrating the opening of the new La-Z-Boy Opportunity Center inside the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce along with a Flag of Freedom award for La-Z-Boy’s commitment to hiring Missouri’s veterans.
- Watch the full ceremony on the WIB’s video channel at vimeo.com/136115911
- News coverage from KOAM and Fox-14 TV
- News coverage from KSN and KODE-TV
- News coverage from the Neosho Daily Newspaper
- News coverage from the Joplin/Tri-State Business Journal
- News coverage from the Joplin Globe Newspaper
State officials are in the planning stages for the Barry County presentation. Following closely behind are Barton at 99% and Lawrence at 97%. Strong progress continues in McDonald County at 77% along with Dade County at 59%, especially considering these counties first gained their in-progress counties in January 2015. Once counties achieve their initial certification, new goals are set with a two-year deadline to maintain the credential. Following its record of becoming the nation’s first ACT-certified CWRC, Jasper County also finished first in the U.S. for recertification.