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WIRED Update: Alabama-Mississippi September 7, 2006

Posted by Tom in Community, Economic Development, Innovation, WIRED, Workforce.
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The Laurel (MS) Leader-Call details the opening stages of the WIRED implementation for the 36-county (36? Wow!) Alabama-Mississippi region. Here are a few details:

Currently, a study is being done to determine the region’s assets and capabilities. At the forefront of this innovation is [Jones County (MS) Junior College] President Dr. Jesse Smith. “

“Opportunity is here, and we are ready to make the most of it,” Smith said. “Over the next three years, we will build, embrace, encourage, motivate and prepare our region for the future.”

JCJC will conduct an economic overview of the region based on current statistics. Area universities will be asked to assist with further research such as asset mapping.

“An enterprise ready region believes in the importance of a skilled workforce, and supports its development,” said Shannon Campbell, director of workforce development at JCJC. “It is our goal to build relationships with industries and fine-tune our outreach efforts in the workplace. With our new state-of-the-art facility in the technology park, we now poised to achieve that goal.”

Having worked on an 11-county collaboration (in only one state) in the Northeast Indiana Strategic Skills Initiative, I appreciate how challenging the work of bringing 2 state governments and 36 counties together will be. This should be an interesting project to watch.

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