Left to right are Honorable Glenn E. Barbour, Chairman of the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors; Debra Crowder, Executive Director of the South Central Workforce Development Board; Lee Ann Mahan, Certified Work Ready Communities Program Coordinator; Jay Miller, Operations Manager for Nucor Buildings Group; Dale Sturdifen, School Board Chairman for Mecklenburg County Public Schools (MCPS); Honorable David Brankley, Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors; Paul Nichols, Superintendent of MCPS; Gary Ciphers, Career and Technical Education Coordinator for MCPS; Dr. Julie Brown, Project Director of the Dan River Region Collaborative and Director of Applied Learning at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research; Angie Kellett, Director of Economic Development, Mecklenburg County; Megan Healy, Chief Workforce Development Advisor to the Governor, Office of Governor Ralph Northam; H. Wayne Carter III, Mecklenburg County Administrator; Wanda Bailey, MCPS Board; Gavin Honeycutt, MCPS Board Vice Chairman; and Dr. Jeffrey Scales, Director of Secondary Curriculum, Assessment and Data Analysis, MCPS.


Last week, Dr. Megan Healy, Chief Workforce Development Advisor to the Governor, came and spoke at Nucor Buildings Group in LaCrosse. Along with her, were other county dignitaries who gave their thoughts on what it took to get our county to this achievement and what it would take to continue this progress.


The Honorable Glenn E. Barbour, Chairman of District 5, gave the welcome and spoke on behalf of the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors and all the citizens of Mecklenburg County. He went on to say that this was not just a recognition but a celebration and stated “Workforce development has been a topic of conversation for a long time, surveys reflect why it’s a hot topic. Just Google workforce development and you’ll be shocked at what you find.” He expressed that he was confident that the citizens of our county, as beneficiaries of the work- force development plan and achievements, are grateful for the strides the county has taken.


Wayne Carter, Mecklenburg County Administrator, welcomed all dignitaries and special guests which included, Paul Nichols, Superintendent Mecklenburg County Public Schools, Jay R. Miller, Operations Manager at Nucor Buildings Group, Angie Kellett, Director, Mecklenburg County office of Economic Development and Dr. Julie Brown, Dan River Region Collaborative Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.


Workforce Development and Work Ready Communities are what makes the next generation able to go right to work if they choose. Not all graduating seniors are University driven, so Mecklenburg County and it’s business community and leaders, have been working hard to build and measure basic skills and abilities in emerging students going into the workforce and those long time employees who strive for career success.


Dr. Healy went on to say that this was a crowning achievement for Mecklenburg County and is most definitely an achievement to be proud of. She went on to stress the importance of both teaching and maintaining a productive, safe and educated workforce is what draws business to our state. Currently, Virginia is listed as num- ber one in business friendly states and thanks to Mecklenburg County and others like it, more businesses are looking to expand into the state of Virginia every day.


The excitement of the crowd that gathered for the announcement was palpable and the event closed with a group photo of all involved in this new success and lots of smiles. If you would like to learn more about what you as a business owner or worker can do to further the initiative, please contact the Mecklenburg County Office of Economic Development at 434-738-6388.