December 2017 Workforce Update

Happy Holidays from Mountain Area Workforce Development Board! We hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. Our region has been blessed this past year with significant job growth along with many new workforce opportunities. We sincerely thank our region’s amazing team of employers, educators, elected officials, workforce partners and workforce professionals for the progress we have made during 2017.

To learn about Mountain Area Workforce Development Board more please visit our monthly workforce update.  In this update, you will learn about the latest workforce data for our region, the Amplified WNC Workforce Development Summit, 2018 Homecoming Career Fair, Annual Recognition Luncheon, Mountain Area Careers (MAC) and more.

Thanks to the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, our many panelist, speakers and partners who made Amplified WNC 2017 a tremendous succcess! Over 200 people attended the summit on November 29 including employers, educators, economic developers, community leaders, elected officials, public policy experts, and others. Special thanks to Jeanne Bonds with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Emily Breedlove with Small Town Ventures and Jack Cecil with Biltmore Farms for their work to make the summit possible. We are working on the next steps to determine how can WNC grow the talent needed by local employers, while simultaneously improving region-wide economic mobility? If you would like to join this conversation, please contact and join us on social media using the hash tag #AmplifiedWNC.


Thanks for everyone who attended today’s Mountain Area Workforce Development Board’s 2017 recognition luncheon at  Blue Ridge Community College . Special thanks to the staff at Blue Ridge Community College, Mr. Steve Sigmon, Director of Bands at North Henderson High School, North Henderson High School Wind Ensemble, The Red Radish Catering and many volunteers for making the event possible. We are honored to recognize outstanding employers and WIOA participants in our region. Their stories remind us how workforce development can change lives, transform businesses, and make our community a better place to live. Beyond a wonderful celebration, an additional bonus was that a youth participant connected with an employer at the luncheon and found full-time employment.