2015 Winter Newsletter
New Year, New Approach:
A message from the President & CEO
AS WE SETTLE INTO THE NEW YEAR, the Central Ohio Workforce Investment
Corporation (COWIC) and OhioMeansJobs- Columbus- Franklin County (OMJ-CFC) are
excited to welcome a fresh approach to workforce services in central Ohio. The Workforce
Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was signed into law last year, will be
implemented in 2015. WIOA replaces the outdated Workforce Investment Act (WIA), and sets
the stage for an improved service delivery model for local businesses and job seekers.
While our local economy has finally turned a corner, there are still pockets of our
community with double-digit unemployment and businesses faced with a skills gap and the
challenges of attracting and retaining talent. They are realities that we are facing together
with our educational, community, business and government partners, forging a collective
impact that will help central Ohio’s economy continue to grow.
The enactment of WIOA brings renewed energy, and we are encouraged by the
possibilities ahead and the progress we have made this past year. As we charge ahead,
we look forward to working with you to fulfill our mission of meeting the employment
needs of businesses and job seekers to support economic development in central Ohio!