Critical Skill Shortages Initiative (CSSI) is part of an unprecedented
plan to distribute training funds throughout the state in an effort
to create jobs and spur economic growth in Illinois.
Launched by The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
and the Governors Office, the goals of the initiative are to
identify the key sectors and industries that drive our regional economy,
determine occupational shortages within those sectors, and develop
As part of the plan to create jobs and spur growth in Illinois, the
state was divided into ten Economic Development Regions. The counties
of Workforce Investment Areas 25 and 26 were combined to form one
of these regions called the Southern Economic Development Region.
The Southern region is composed of the southernmost 19 counties of
Illinois: Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin,
Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline,
Union, Wabash, Wayne, White and Williamson.
The Southern Illinois Workforce Investment Board and the Southern
14 Workforce Investment Board, in partnership with the Chief Local
Elected Officials, have joined forces to prepare and execute a plan
of action for the activities of the initiative. Man-Tra-Con, Corp.
of Marion was designated by the workforce boards to be the grant administrator
for the initiative.
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