Over the last 30 days a world wind of activity has taken place in LWIA 8! The staff in Career Centers has hosted Employer and Partner Appreciation Luncheons to recognize outstanding achievement and show support for business, industry, and our community partners.

Starting on October 25, the Montgomery County Career Center kicked the event off at the Riverview Inn. Approximately eighty people attended, including Mayor Bowers and Mayor McMillian. It is always difficult to be the first, but Montgomery County set the bar high.

Moving on to Stewart County on October 28th, Jane Bagwell, JoAnn Wyatt, and Donna Shannon rolled out the red carpet for what seemed like half of Stewart County! The event was held at the new Visitors Center and close to 100 people in attendance! In addition to the Mayor Rick Joiner, Workforce Essentials Board Chairman, Roy Apple was there to greet the guests.

Sumner County’s event was held at the Epic Event Center on October 31st. A large crowd gathered in the remodeled warehouse and enjoyed a wonderful meal. Department of Labor Manager, Bev Roberson presented RC Tenn with an Employer Award. In addition to Phyllis and her staff, NTWB Chairman, John Zobl and County Executive Holt also attended.

On November 2, Jodi Clark hosted the Houston County luncheon at City Hall. The event drew approximately 60 people including Mayor Clark and State ECD Director, Jamari Brown. Customers from JTG, Families First, and WIA were all recognized.

The Career Center in Springfield overflowed with people the next day as Bob and Danny showed off their Center to 75 or more employers and community leaders. Mayor Bradley and Chairman Apple were both on hand in Springfield. In addition to the standard recognition, a customer from our Adult Education program was honored as well.

Humphreys and Cheatham Counties had their day in the spotlight on November 15th and 18th. Michelle organized a great event at Samuels, a local restaurant in Waverly. Gateway Church hosted our event in Ashland City. Mayor McCullough presented the awards to the deserving partners.

Finally, this week we were in Williamson County for the luncheon at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Mayor Anderson, along with Tim Grubbs, and Donnie Nolte hosted the event with close to 70 in attendance!
I told you it had been a world wind! We will wrap everything up next Tuesday at the Career Center in Dickson. Peggy says that we have saved the best for last!

It has been a wonderful experience to recognize the outstanding achievements of so many. It has also been a great opportunity to say “thank you” to the employers and business partners that helps the Career Centers be successful.