Bates County–Working toward Certification of being a “Work-Ready” Community

Bates County is working toward Certification of a “Work Ready” Community! We have turned in all of the letters of commitment and are awaiting to hear back!  Missouri’s CWRC initiative is a voluntary effort to align workforce and education to meet state and local economic needs. Certification efforts are guided by key community leaders in each county, including: elected officials, economic developers, business leaders, chambers of commerce, educators, and workforce developers.
Missouri’s CWRC vision is to attract, retain, and develop a workforce with the education and fundamental skills to succeed in the 21st Century.
The CWRC effort will strengthen existing businesses, attracting new businesses, and develop a strong talent pipeline for Missouri’s future growth. For more information, please visit the Missouri Work Ready Communities website at:

Great News!

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today released the president’s 2017 budget for the Department of Labor, which supports the president’s plan to train workers for the jobs of the future and bolster the economic and retirement security of working families.

“This budget makes investments to ensure that America’s economy works for everyone. It reflects our optimism about the future and our commitment to creating broadly shared prosperity,” Perez said. “The president’s budget envisions a future with greater opportunity for all – a future where a full-time job pays a living wage, where working families have the support they need to survive and thrive and where retirements are secure.”