Moberly, MO — Community leaders in Randolph County have something new to celebrate.
Governor Jay Nixon announced the county has now become a nationally Certified Workforce Ready Area.
Randolph Vounty economic development leaders are saying workers in their area are now better prepared for success as a Certified Work Ready Community. Nixon made the announcement before a small crowd at Moberly City Hall. Nixon said the national designation will help Randolph County business owners attract and retain new jobs and qualified workers.
Nixon said, “With Moberly being right here in the center of the state and with good education around it and now with this certified work ready, it will be on the list for site selection teams. It will be on the list for major organizations when they are talking about making investments.”
Missouri now has more than 30 certified counties. Moberly economic development leaders said successful efforts to strengthen their workforce training programs and certify their workers will help attract and support growing companies.
NEMO Workforce Development Board Executive Director Brandi Glover said, “I think it is already attracting some businesses. I think site selectors are really looking at the counties that are certified work ready communities.”
Randolph County leaders said their Work Ready certification has been a goal of theirs for the past 3 years.
State statistics show Missouri employers have created more than 100,000 jobs since 2010. Nixon expects bigger growth in new business creation as more Missouri counties earn Certified Work Ready Community status.
In 2012, Missouri was selected as one of the first 4 states to participate in the nationally certified Work Ready Communities Initiative.