Mississippi Moves Up Regional Workforce Development Rankings

Months after state leaders moved to streamline workforce training programs, Mississippi moved up three spots in the 2021 Regional Workforce Development Rankings by Site Selection Magazine.

Mississippi moved to Number 5 in 2020 from Number 8 in 2019 in the south-central region.

“Workforce development is an important part of Mississippi’s economy,” said John Rounsaville, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. “MDA works with several other state agencies, our community colleges and our universities to ensure that companies in Mississippi have the well-trained workforce they need to have success.”

Site Selection ranks states in different regions across the U.S.

“… The regional rankings here are meant to provide some insight into which states are cultivating a workforce development culture …” the article stated. “These regional rankings are intended to be a starting point in assessing locations through the prism of talent attraction and retention.”

Read the full article here.

Last year, Gov. Tate Reeves signed into law the creation of the Office of Workforce Development, which will coordinate with the State Workforce Investment Board on a strategic plan to integrate state workforce systems that align with economic needs.

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