Thursday, Decembery 7, 2006
County seeks workforce training
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County hopes to build workforce development training to assist existing and future industries and businesses.
Supervisors requested funds for a staffer Monday from Three Rivers Planning and Development District, at the recommendation of county Industrial Development Authority director Bill Renick.
“My hope is we have industries here or are coming who are looking for employees all the time,” Renick said. “This (position) will give us a one up since they (Mississippi Employment Security) took the WIN Job Center out.”
Renick suggested the staffer could work at the City of Holly Springs’ Information Technology Center, already equipped for workforce training.
Supervisor George Zinn III asked Renick if supervisors should pursue local and private legislation to allow the county to fund workforce training, as the board had discussed several months ago.
“If that’s the way y’all choose,” he said.
Existing industries need trained welders, for example, and a new business opening soon is expected to bring 100 new jobs to Holly Springs, Renick said.
“We will need specific training,” he said.
The Employment Security Commission will come to the IDA office to process applications for this industry, he said.
He added that IDA would oversee the paperwork for the new staffer for the county if the board so chooses.
In other news, county consultant Gary Anderson presented a drawing for a 16-bed facility that would serve as a crisis intervention center and alcohol and drug treatment facility.
The Mississippi Department of Mental Health would provide the staffing and the state would build the facility provided the county supplies the land for the building, he said.
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