H.R. 1, the U.S. House of Representatives FY2011 Continuing Resolution funding bill, contains funding cuts that would effectively end as we know them the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs. WIA programs have helped increase the skill levels of local workforces to meet the needs of local employers. I think the WIA has been especially effective in rural areas, which have been hit hard with manufacturing declines and other economic changes. Rural access to conventional training facilities has always been a challenge in workforce training and recently WIA programs have provided broadband-connected computers for training, assessments and job search to those who may not have access to technology in their rural home. The entire 359 page bill is linked above, but for a brief description of its potential workforce impact, the National Skills Coalition has a brief synopsis.
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Daryl Phillips, CEcD, EDFP
I work as an economic developer consulting with communities and companies developing locations, building communities and identifying and developing workforce. However, my opinions on this blog are free and my own, as is the blog itself.
I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers.
I have earned over 20 years experience in economic and workforce development. I have earned and maintain the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council. I have earned a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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