Regional Development

Thousands of residents and millions of dollars move back and forth across the state lines of the Four-State region annually for work, shopping, healthcare, recreation, and more. The WIB maps the region’s competitiveness and pinpoints challenges that need solutions. The WIB builds coalitions of businesses in targeted, high-growth sectors for a strong workforce and design pathways to train and advance local workers to grow in their careers and earning power. Within the WIB’s Regional Development strategy is four categories with related objectives:  Regional Workforce Leadership, Business Retention/Layoff Aversion, Business Attraction/Expansion, and Disaster Preparedness/Recovery.

Strategies and Objectives for Talent Development

  1. Regional Workforce Leadership:  Provide a strong voice for the workforce system’s role to eradicate poverty and raise economic standards for workers and employers alike
    • A. Evaluate and deploy continuous improvement of board functions
    • B. Achieve highest levels of fiscal and programmatic compliance and performance for WIOA-mandated system roles of Workforce Development Boards
    • C. Recruit and equip volunteer leaders (members) as ambassadors that promote and expand the workforce system
  2. Business Retention/Layoff Aversion:  Prevent job loss and retain existing economic base
    • A. Identify and serve at-risk firms through ongoing retention/expansion studies in collaboration with Joplin Regional Partnership and economic development organizations
    • B. Deploy Employment Transition Team as needed to assist those affected by layoffs and closures
  3. Business Attraction/Expansion:  Promote economic growth through value-added workforce services
    • A. Sustain Certified Work Ready Communities and National Career Readiness Certificate efforts to complete initial county certification and aide in re-certification as needed
    • B. Sustain regional and local economic development partnerships to assist communities with value-added workforce proposals and consultations to potential prospects
  4. Disaster Preparedness & Recovery:  Assist communities to utilize workforce system resources in planning and responding to disasters recovery planning to utilize workforce system resources
    • A. Promote workforce resources to public agencies to include in disaster preparedness
    • B. Execute rapid and effective deployment of workforce resources when needed for three-fold purpose:  overcome disaster, employ those affected by disaster or economic downturns, retain workforce and prevent out-migration
    • C. Sustain Pay-It-Forward model to assist other communities as needed with technical assistance in workforce disaster recovery

Workforce Innovation through SectorReady

The SectorReady™ framework strengthens the region’s workforce through:

  • Career pathways to expand recruitment and job advancement of students and transitioning adults
  • Entry-level and intermediate credentials to certify high-demand skills
  • Innovative training with a high-impact, high-volume, and lower-cost approach

Visit SectorReady online to learn more about how SectorReady™ can help employers, educators, and community leaders to strengthen the region’s workforce and economic vitality.  Contact Sherri Rhuems at the WIB for more info.