About Workforce

South Delta Planning and Development District is the designated fiscal agent for the Delta Workforce Development Area (DWDA) Board, one of four workforce areas in the state.  South Delta provides the administrative and fiscal support functions associated with the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in the 14 counties of the Delta WDA. Adult and Dislocated Worker WIOA services are provided primarily through the WIN Job Center system in the 14 counties.

South Delta Planning and Development District

OUR MISSION

The business driven local board is responsible for the overall policy making and resource allocation for the Delta WDA.  Federal funds awarded to the Delta WDA are used to provide individuals with the training and skills they need to get a job right here at home and provide employers with a skilled workforce they need to be successful.  The Delta WDA is also responsible for establishing local performance standards and ensuring that performance standards are met; establishing a one-stop delivery system (WIN Job Centers) in the Delta; and selecting qualified youth providers.

Areas Served

The 14 counties of the DWDA include Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tunica and Washington.

Workforce Board

The local governing board of the DWDA includes at least 50% private business representatives and additional members including representatives of economic development, housing, community college ABE programs, community college workforce programs, Job Corps, Ms Department of Rehabilitation Services, and the MS Department of Employment Security.  The Board is responsible for the development of the local area plan; research and labor market analysis; employer engagement; development of career pathways; program oversight; performance accountability; and selection of one-stop operators, youth providers, eligible training providers and providers of career services.

Doug Aldridge*

Johnny McRight

Greg Amos, Secretary*

Manuel Peters

Mike Blankenship

Steve Russell

Brent Brasher

John Schmidt, Vice Chairman*

George W. “Bunky” Butler, Chairman*

Cordella Smith

Robert Collins

Russell Stewart*

Karen Cresap

Jim Tims

Don Green*

Tamara Travis

Gerald Husband

Steve Willoughby*

Evelyn Jossell

Dennis Woods

Cary Karlson

Joseph Woods

James Kenwright*

* Executive Committee

Delta Sector Strategy Plan

In an effort to align the local workforce areas with the state’s strategic vision for workforce, the four workforce areas in the state were charged with developing a sector strategy plan by the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB). Sector strategies can help align the state’s resources with needs of business and industry, career goals of workers and the economic goals of the state.