Archive for Events – Page 2

New trends on staying competitive in the labor market

Labor Study Crystal BallLabor 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. Read More→

Job Center assists those laid off from Eagle Picher

More than 80 workers laid off recently by Eagle Picher received comprehensive career services at a special event held earlier today at the Joplin Job Center. The Employment Transition Team comprised of partner agencies with the WIB and the Job Center presented a wide array of services to help the laid off workers get back on track. In addition to introducing Job Center services, such as job search assistance and preparation, the meeting connected the affected workers with Missouri’s Unemployment Insurance system to begin the claims filing process. More information on upcoming hiring events may be found on the Joplin Job Center’s Facebook page. Other services are described online at

Links to Regional Media Coverage on Eagle Picher Layoff

WorkforceZone 7/16: High Octane Solutions

Workforce Zone July 2016The 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.

Drive-Through Job Fest boosts applicant pool

drive through jobfest graphicWith the ever-tightening labor market, all new and innovative methods are on the table for employers to reach potential job candidates. More than a dozen employers expanded their reach with 500 participants for the third year for Drive-Through Job Fest.  Held May 24-26, locations included Anderson, Cassville, Joplin, Lamar, Monett, and Neosho.  The WIB extends special thanks to Indigo Sky Casino as the exclusive sponsor for 2016.  Save the date for the 2017 Job Fest, set for January 31st.  Visit for more info about both events.

Workshop helps employers integrate veterans

American flag with business people shaking handsThe Joplin Job Center hosted a workshop geared to employers to empower their role in recruiting and integrating veterans into the local workforce. Held Wednesday, the program covered issues relating to veterans entering or returning to the civilian workplace. By focusing on the transition process employers will reduce the cost of turnover and lost productivity. The full video of the workshop is available below and online.

Yancy Caruthers, military author for the book Northwest of Eden, moderated the workshop. Panelists included Joshua Landers, a veteran advocate for XPO Logistics; Trish Crane, HR and safety manager for Talbot Industries; and Eddie Hukill, a retired/transitioning veteran and former Missouri National Guard recruiter. For information of services available to vets and employers of vets, contact Adrian Hopper by email to, or call 417.625.2767.

Summit connects agencies serving millennials

Howie NextGen Summit speaker and audienceThe first-ever NextGen Opportunity Summit held Tuesday in Joplin connected dozens of agency stakeholders that serve youth and young adults. Attendees united around three common goals for the summit to reach and engage young adults in ways that matter, increase knowledge of tools and resources available, and identify strategies and techniques agencies could join together. The summit is an important feature for implementation of youth/young adult strategies across the Four-State Region for the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act.

Summit Recap

The summit launched with a welcome message by Brad Baker from U.S. Bank and chairman for the Workforce Innovation Board along with a call to action opening from Marv Pichla of Inspiring Innovations, Inc. The first two panel presenters helped the audience see the potential of micro-enterprise initiatives as a workforce strategy for millennials. Janet Miller from Cherokee County (KS) Economic Development highlighted the success of youth entrepreneurship competitions and the impact of youth considering small business development as a career pathway. Mike Fohner of Youth Strategies in Springdale, AR provided an overview of social enterprises in three different ventures and the effectiveness of wrap-around services for youth at work in the ventures at Youth Strategies.

For the employer panel, Phyllis Craig from the Independent Living Center shared her positive experience with employing youth. Corin Berryhill from the Carpenters Apprenticeship showcased the powerful outcomes of work-based learning and the ongoing strong outlook for the commercial construction sector. The summit debuted a new testimonial video on the success of youth internships in the Monett area.

Following a brief update on the SectorReady initiative by Jasen Jones, Eddie Stephens of Crowder College and Mark Turnbull from the Joplin Regional Partnership provided creative career strategies for pathways and credentialing. Eddie covered the evolution of short-term, non-credit programs at Crowder, a successful employer-sponsored apprenticeship at Branco Construction, and the necessity for education at all levels to implement competency-based, employer-driven outcomes. Mark’s presentation continued the theme of competency-based training with lessons learned at Labette Community College along with the new campaign underway through the partnership.

As summit attendees enjoyed fellowship over lunch, Howard Nunnelly from New Life Radio 105.3 and Impact Life Church gave an energetic keynote presentation on reaching and changing the lives of millennials. The final hour of the summit provided three tabletop breakouts to generate ideas around the categories of creative partnerships, community service opportunities, and youth entrepreneurship.

Summit Resources

WorkforceZone: Overcoming Challenges Through Innovation

Workforce Zone Winter 2016 CoverWorkforceZone 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.

Recovery Summit joins commemoration lineup

disaster recovery summit 2016In May 2016, local residents reach the five year mark since the devastating EF-5 tornado that tore through Joplin and Duquesne. To honor this, community volunteers announce Joplin Proud – four days to remember what was lost, thank the volunteers who came to help, and be proud of the progress made as a community.

Throughout the extended weekend, a variety of events are planned to honor what was lost that day and celebrate where our community is five years later. These include the Joplin Memorial Marathon, community reunion picnic, and non-denominational memorial service. The official website has a complete calendar and more details.

The Joplin Disaster Recovery Summit, May 19-20, 2016, is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to hear lessons learned from communities across the Midwest that experienced some of the worst natural disasters from the last decade. The two-day summit offers first-hand perspectives from leaders and elected officials guiding communities through the long-term process of community recovery that continues even today.

The conference kicks off with a panel discussion, “The Road to Resilience,” featuring the mayors and city managers from disaster-affected communities, including Greensburg, Kansas; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Moore, Oklahoma; Minot, North Dakota; Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Joplin, Missouri.  The panel will be moderated by Beth Freeman, Regional Administrator for FEMA Region VII (Kansas City).

Breakout sessions cover a range of topics for community leaders, emergency managers, mental health professionals, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and government agencies at every level. Keynote speaker, Dr. Leonard Marcus, from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Public Policy, will speak on “Crisis Leadership.” Other summit topics include the stress placed on leaders, helping children and adults through the grief process using innovative programming, preventing population loss through temporary and permanent housing, and how disaster resources and relief vary from disaster to disaster.

The $75 registration fee includes all conference sessions, printed materials, meals and snacks for this not-for-profit event. The Summit is limited to the first 300 attendees.