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Newton County, Missouri
Southeast Kansas, Northeast Oklahoma, and Southwest Missouri comprise the MOKAN Partnership and a region with six Work Ready Communities. This best practice example illustrates MOKAN's use of WRC in its economic development marketing efforts. The Autumn 2022 edition of FDI Alliance International magezine includes talent development strategies deployed through MOKAN.
On May 22, 2011, Joplin, Mo. was hit by a tornado that destroyed nearly one-third of the city. Saturday marks the 10-year anniversary of that devastating event. The road to economic recovery was long and (literally) littered with debris. Relief and revival came from hard work and many helping hands, including those of ACT team members.
KODE-TV Action 12 News provided local feedback to Gov. Parson's plan to expand WorkKeys testing and curriculum throughout Missouri. Dave Rockers, an administrator at Franklin Technology Center in Joplin, spoke on the benefits of scores equated to specific jobs and searching for work across a wide area.
FDI Alliance Magazine published a guest article from WRC champion Rob O'Brian on post-pandemic strategies for economic development location competitiveness. The article opens with guidance on interpreting data, followed by skills-based strategies. In addition to effectiveness of the National Career Readiness Certificate and Work Ready Communities, O'Brian showcased successful demand-driven partnerships.
A sizable crowd of employers, civic leaders and others were on hand Tuesday at Crowder College for the Newton County Workforce Initiative Summit.