REGIONAL RAPID RESPONSE
The New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board (NR/MR WDB) has been awarded $1.2 million in State Rapid Response funds to coordinate and oversee a Regional Rapid Response initiative to serve individuals and supply chain companies impacted by the large number of plant layoffs and closures throughout the region. This initiative will cover three Workforce Areas; Western Virginia, New River/Mount Rogers and Southwest Virginia, which includes 29 jurisdictions in Southwest Virginia (Planning Districts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5). The purpose of Rapid Response is to promote economic recovery and vitality by developing an ongoing, comprehensive approach to identifying, planning for, or responding to layoffs and dislocations, and preventing or minimizing their impacts on workers, businesses and communities.
The Mission of the Regional Rapid Response Initiative is to establish a regional collaborative approach to meeting the needs of businesses and job seekers, that is flexible and adaptable to changing economic conditions.
We envision a region with a robust economy. Businesses/Industries are supported and stable, so they can flex, adapt and advance with changes in their respective sectors, and workers are paid competitive wages.
Rapid Response Initiative – updated 9/29/2016
Rapid Response – updated 8/22/2016