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The 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 Governor’s 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 solutions.

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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