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


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

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

In accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Section 108(d), the Delta Workforce Development Board is making the proposed local plan available to the public through electronic means. Public comment on the proposed plan is welcome not later than the end of the 30-day period beginning on April 21, 2016, and running through May 20, 2016. Any comments that represent disagreement with the plan may be submitted in writing to:”

Mitzi Woods

Workforce Director

Delta Workforce Development Area

South Delta PDD

PO Box 1776

Greenville, MS 38702

or by email to mwoods@sdpdd.com