Barbara Edwards, 2012 Chairman of the WORKFORCE plus Board of Director's
It’s been my pleasure to serve as the Chairman of the WORKFORCE plus Board of Director’s over the last year. Words can’t express my sincere appreciation to my fellow board members, community stakeholders and to the staff that have worked hand in hand to create a positive impact in our local community. It was through our shared vision to advance the economic well-being of our community, in one of the toughest economic climates our nation has ever experienced, that our commitment has shown through.
Over the last year, much of our time has been spent addressing the impact of the economic recession, high unemployment rates and declining job opportunities. During the same time, we have experienced an increased call to support regional employers in their efforts to maintain their employees and to ensure that they keep their doors open and remain competitive.
Though prior to the economic downturn we had identified other priorities to target, the increasing number of unemployed jobseekers in our community quickly became our top priority. Fortunately, we were able to establish many jump-start programs and initiatives such as Jobs = Paychecks Now, which provided the necessary investment back into our unemployed workforce through re-tooling efforts along with incentivizing employers who hired these “work ready” individuals. This level of investment placed us in a heightened position of ensuring the type of accountability and transparency the general public expects from stewards of their trust in a time of unprecedented need. We are proud to say that we have faced these challenges head on with much work still ahead of us and remain strongly committed to supporting efforts that foster the continued development, training and preparation of a workforce that meets current and future needs.
I would strongly encourage you to continue reading our website to learn more about our programs and services available. To learn more or to speak directly with a Counselor, please call us toll free at (866) WFP-JOB1 or local at (850) 922-0023.