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Today's Realities—Tomorrow's Workforce: Addressing Region 7's Rural Workforce Mismatch

Mary V.L. Wright, James Shanahan, and Steve Quimby

The Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council leadership is concerned about workforce challenges in the southwest corner of the state. The rural counties of Region 7, a sub-state area designated by the state for addressing workforce development issues, have lagged behind their urban neighbors in recovering from the economic recession of 2007. SAWDC recognizes that a new and expanded effort is required to improve the rural economy and better align demand and supply of workers attempting to connect around real-time hiring needs.

This report presents the findings and recommendations from an 11-month long analysis of current and projected education and workforce development needs in the rural counties of Region 7 in Alabama. The Delta Regional Authority-funded project will help the workforce collaborative SAWDC and its partners to develop programs and systems-based policies to build a more connected, comprehensive workforce system among education systems and business and industry sectors.