2014 Ends with an Honor

2021-08-13T10:48:21-05:00December 23rd, 2014|From the President|

Wow….Can you believe that 2014 is coming to a close? I blinked once, and the year has gone.  Reflecting back over the last 12 months, it has been one of anticipation, excitement, and change for Workforce Essentials.  I commemorate the successful year by highlighting some of the memorable events: LWIA 8 was honored again as one of the highest performing Workforce Areas by earning the most incentive dollars in the State. Economic Development in the region captured attention with the announcements of Hankook Tire, Dal-Tile, and Beretta.  The Tennessee Department of Labor awarded WEI a grant to hire a Regional Workforce Development [...]

Out with WIA – In with WOIA!

2022-01-16T21:44:35-06:00June 12th, 2014|From the President|

After 10 years of continuing resolutions on the Workforce Investment Act, it finally looks like reauthorization is going to happen!  They said that the devil is in the details–Well, the full text of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is 811 pages worth of details! I’m just excited to see that a focus has been placed on workforce development in Washington. The bipartisan, bicameral deal should be voted on in June and enacted in 2015.  The following summary was prepared by the US Conference of Mayors and highlights the significant changes:  Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Bill Details: Overall, the [...]

Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Recognizes Locals

2022-04-01T16:34:02-05:00February 28th, 2014|From the President|

On February 13th, Pat Bleecker from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development attended the North Tennessee Workforce Board meeting to make two very special presentations. First on the agenda was the Jim Alford Award. Named in honor of former TDOL employee who managed employer grants, the Award is presented annually to an employer who has demonstrated the highest level of effectiveness and commitment in the Incumbent Worker Training Program. The GAP Inc., located in Sumner County, was selected as this year’s winner. The $20,000 training grant was used to train over 30 employees in new material handling technology to [...]

Ringing in a New Year

2021-08-13T10:50:09-05:00December 17th, 2013|From the President|

Out with 2013 and in with 2014; it is time to wipe the slate clean and set priorities for the New Year!  Two goals immediately rise to the top for me... Company Growth and Employee Satisfaction. Growth is important for the long term sustainability of the company.  With the uncertainty in DC regarding WIA funding and volatility within the State Department of Human Services, it is time to start looking for new and innovative programs and grants to sustain the company. That is why I recently visited Johnson City, TN to explore the possibility of a Youthbuild Grant.  Growth can take [...]

Annual Customer and Employer Appreciation Events Conclude

2021-12-12T18:07:28-06:00November 15th, 2013|From the President|

October ended with a hectic two weeks of activity including nine customer and employer appreciation events in nine days! What a great turnout we had! Over 550 customers, employers and staff attended the festivities.   The support from our Board, County Mayors & Executives, and the community was phenomenal.  The newspaper in Clarksville and Dover has already run fabulous stories on the winners.  Please be on the lookout for you your event in the paper too!   A highlight of the events happened in Dickson where the President of AT&T, Joelle Phillips presented a check for $50,000 in support of the [...]

Programmatic and Fiscal Review

2021-08-13T10:51:32-05:00August 29th, 2013|From the President|

Have you ever felt like you are under a microscope?  Well, Workforce Essentials lives under one.  Compliance is a primary component of operating state and federal grants, which brings me to the point of the recent WIA monitoring conducted by the Program Accountability Review (PAR) team of the Tennessee Department of Labor. The PAR unit was on-site in Clarksville for a week to review 16 contracts and over $9.9 million dollars in grant funding.  I'm happy to report that after the intensive review, the PAR unit issued a "zero finding", clean report.  This is a compliment to the entire staff.  The Par team [...]

State Workforce Board Ppproves Plan

2021-08-13T10:51:44-05:00June 14th, 2013|From the President|

The State Workforce Board met on June 13 & 14 to review WIA plans for 2013-2014.  I'm happy to report that LWIA 8's plan was approved unanimously.  The approval comes two weeks after the State Board Planning Committee heard every local area present their plan of action for the upcoming year.  I had the opportunity to present the plan for Area 8. During the plan presentation, I highlighted the upcoming changes in the Career Center System, including the withdrawal of State Staff in Dickson, Franklin and Springfield.  I was able to reiterate that Workforce Essentials would be maintaining a WIA presence [...]

Workforce Essentials Prepares For Funding Cuts

2021-08-13T10:52:15-05:00May 17th, 2013|From the President|

It seems that everything is happening at one time.  The last quarter has not been particularly pleasing for Workforce Essentials.  It started with the Department of Education’s notification that they were eliminating their share of funding for the JTG program next year.  It has continued to go downhill from there.  USDOL issued draft allocations in March indicating that our WIA allocations may see as much as a $350,000 decrease.  The change of leadership at the Department of Labor, along with the release of the State Audit, seemed to bring a barrage of questions that the press has been focusing on.  However, [...]

Promising Practices Conference 2013

2021-08-13T10:52:47-05:00March 8th, 2013|From the President|

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development recently hosted a conference which promoted the new concept of functional alignment in the workforce development system. The event, which was held at the Opryland Hotel, was designed to bring statewide job service and workforce development professionals together to learn about and discuss workforce innovation and promising practices. The concept of functional alignment was introduced in December when the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development merged its Job Service and Workforce Development programs to form the new Workforce Services Division.  According to Commissioner Karla Davis, the vision behind this alignment is to create [...]

Workforce Essentials Has a New Powerful Tool in its Arsenal

2022-04-19T16:00:08-05:00November 30th, 2012|From the President|

Workforce Essentials has a new powerful tool in its arsenal.  It is called EMSI which stands for Economic Modeling Specialist Intl.  EMSI has been around since 2000 providing high-quality employment data and economic analysis via web tools and custom reports.  Have you ever been lost in the “data maze” trying to locate a specific piece of demographic information?  Census data, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Wage Data…..the list can be overwhelming when you are looking to extract the tiny bit of information that you need. EMSI sells itself as a desktop economist.  The system collects and integrates [...]


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