|JACKSON, Miss. – Governor Tate Reeves today delivered updates on Mississippi’s workforce development efforts and the progress of the AccelerateMS team. He announced the signing of House Bill 1517, and House Bill 1006 and signed Senate Bill 2723 during today’s event.
“Since I signed legislation creating the Office of Workforce Development, we’ve continued building a pipeline that will streamline the training of a next generation workforce,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “All this is happening through a comprehensive approach of legislation, coordination with local ecosystems, grant investments that are fueling skills-focused development, and more. From teacher pay raises to workforce investments, we are creating an environment that ensures our labor pool is prepared and equipped with the skills needed to take on the jobs of tomorrow.”
Governor Reeves complimented the work that AccelerateMS had done to staff their team, award $16.6 million in WET Fund special projects, and expand a range of technical training programs at community colleges across the state. He further noted that they had successfully categorized Mississippi into 8 regional “ecosystems” which would allow for tailored workforce strategies unique to the individual regions of the state.
A new technology pilot program called Good Job was also announced. It will utilize technology and machine learning to connect Mississippians with job opportunities.