Workforce investment board southwest missouriThe prime mission of Southwest Missouri’s Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is to enrich the region’s economy by preparing businesses and the workforce for global competitiveness. We’re a progressive workforce intermediary that leverages resources to increase the value of the region’s human capital portfolio (the workforce) to fuel economic momentum.

The WIB is a non-profit corporation that operates a business-driven framework for economic growth on a regional basis. We oversee employment and training programs in the seven counties of Barry, Barton, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, and Newton in Southwest Missouri. Through our Heartland 411 partnership, we join forces with neighboring WIBs in Southeast Kansas, Northeast Oklahoma, and Northwest Arkansas to enhance the greater Four-States area labor market. The WIB’s role with the Joplin Regional Partnership further links the WIB’s resources with economic development tools to help our regional communities in pursuit of prosperity.

Guiding principles that support our mission are engagement, innovation, leadership, accountability, and focus. The WIB’s official Strategic Business Plan further defines those principles and translates our goals into action for regional prosperity.

The mission statement of the WIB is easily translated into three areas of strategic focus: Business Development, Talent Development, and Global Competitiveness. The WIB offers an array of products and services delivered as solutions for businesses, enhancements of the workforce, and economic development for the region. Services come in the form of project initiatives, such as Certified Work Ready Communities, as well as day-to-day services.