Posted: Monday, June 24, 2013 7:05 pm
Work It, SoVa
The stopwatch has started and the countdown has begun.
Southern Virginia is the first region in the country to commit to earning the designation, “Certified Work Ready Community.” The effort launched Friday in Martinsville.
“We have two years to meet our goals as far as business engagement and the number of people who get the National Career Readiness Certificate,” said Julie Brown, project director of the Dan River Regional Collaborative.
Speaking at the formal announcement, Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce president and chair of the DRRC, Laurie Moran, said when she went to work for the Chamber in 2002, the Chamber identified workforce development as its number one priority. In 2013, she said, the Chamber’s number one priority is still workforce development.
One of the challenges has been for the region to overcome the fact that its workforce does not have the level of education attainment as other parts of the Commonwealth and across the country, putting the region’s industrial recruitment efforts at a disadvantage, said Leigh Cockram, executive director of the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance, which represents Danville and Martinsville and the counties of Halifax, Henry, Patrick and Pittsylvania, which is the same footprint as DRRC.
“It is unfair, because we do have a great qualified workforce,” but prospects cannot tell if they look only at levels of educational attainment, she said.
“Our region is taking a proactive approach to tell our own workforce story,” by measuring skills attainment instead, Cockram said.
Brown said skill attainment is measured with the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) “with the intent to link, align and match our workforce to the needs of industry in a sustainable infrastructure.”
Within two years, to earn the designation as a Certified Work Ready Community, the entire region has agreed to have more than 2,311 individuals in the workforce with a NCRC credential and 287 employers who will support the region’s effort to achieve this status, according to Brown.
Brown said anyone can monitor the region’s progression by going to www.workreadycommunities.org.
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DANVILLE, Va. – AllergEase™ plans to locate its distribution operations and corporate headquarters to Danville’s River District with support from the Tobacco Commission and the City of Danville. The company’s product provides allergy sufferers with an all-natural way to treat symptoms using herbal extracts.
AllergEase™ lozenges were developed by Zeeshan Kaba with the help of Dr. Omar Javery. The team has created a product, similar to cough drops, that contains plantain leaf, elderflower, nettle, vitamin C, eyebright, organic honey and menthol. These extracts have been individually tested for effectiveness against allergy symptoms. AllergEase™ can be purchased nationwide in CVS, Walgreens, Bartell Drugs and Winn-Dixie stores or online at http://www.aedrops.com.
“Our product is selling and on its way to becoming a nationally recognized brand.” said Kaba, president of AllergEase LLC. “We are excited to locate and grow our business in Danville.”
The City of Danville and the Commonwealth of Virginia, through the Tobacco Commission, have played key roles in bringing AllergEase™ to Danville. Kaba will locate the warehouse and distribution operations at 110 Newton St. and use a portion of the Pemberton Building on Bridge Street for executive offices and headquarters. The move to Danville will create 150 jobs and a $7.5 million investment over three years.
“The City of Danville is pleased about the new location for AllergEase.” said Economic Development Director Jeremy Stratton. “The River District sees more traffic every day and the addition of this company will only add to the activity.”
For updated employment information about AllergEase™ and other company announcements, Danville area job seekers can visit www.workdanvilleva.com.