Ready for Work
27 - Joplin's Road to Recovery as a Work Ready Community - Ten Years After Devastating Tornado Disaster
One of the nation's deadliest tornados struck Joplin, Missouri ten years ago this week. On episode 27 of Ready for Work, we take a closer look at Joplin's recovery through the lens of the workforce ecosystem and the nation's first ACT-certified Work Ready Community.
A recurring theme is the priceless value of partnership connectivity and innovation. The workforce ecosystem was fortunate to have integrated partnerships with education and economic development that helped respond directly to the needs and urgency required.
Check out interviews with a few of those partners, such as Dave Rockers from Franklin Technology Center, Julie Gibson, a former state workforce development director, and Rob O’Brian, the developer at the helm of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce during the recovery effort. This edition showcases clips from participants and leaders in Joplin's Disaster Recovery Jobs Program.
Guests and Featured Resources
- Rob O’Brian, O’Brian and Associates, former President of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce
- Dave Rockers, Director, Franklin Technology Center
- Julie Gibson, GPS Impact, former director of Missouri Workforce Development
- Citizens Advisory Recovery Team
- Southwest Missouri Workforce Board
- ACT Press Release on Joplin Tornado 10th Anniversary
- Disaster Recovery Jobs Program Statewide Video Journal
- Disaster Recovery and Resiliency Series – Ready for Work Podcast
- Resiliency Toolkit and Disaster Recovery Resources from ACT
- ACT Work Ready Communities