In the midst of the debate on workforce training and funding for the Workforce Investment Act, the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) is going on the defensive. It issued a two-page response to critics of federal jobs programs and started a website (workforceinvestmentworks.com) to highlight workforce success stories.
In both platforms, NAWB features workforce practitioners who have partnered with EMSI to make their case:
- Laurie Moran, the chair of NAWB, uses a host of regional examples in her response piece, including the work done in Oklahoma to bring Umicore to the area. She writes, “What happens when businesses like Umicore can no longer tap their workforce investment system to understand workforce demographics; knowledge that ultimately led to their $50 million investment into Northeast Oklahoma creating more than 150 jobs?” Gary Box, an EMSI client, worked with site selectors in the region to show detailed regional data on industry and workforce characteristics and information on the skills and availability of workers from other highly compatible occupations that Umicore might be interested in. The data helped bring the germanium wafer manufacturer to Oklahoma. Read our case study here.
- The Workforce Investment Works site documents success stories from all over the US. One such example is a video highlighting Workforce Connection in Ocala, Florida, also an EMSI client. Kathleen Woodring, the workforce board’s chief operating officer, is featured in the video and talks about grants from the state that Workforce Connection has used to assist employers in the hard-hit three-county area. Read our case study here.