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Governor Tate Reeves delivers update on Mississippi’s workforce development efforts

By: Anne Summerhays - April 20, 2022

Reeves also signed Senate Bill 2723 into law. 

On Wednesday, Governor Tate Reeves held a press conference in which he provided an update on Mississippi’s workforce development efforts as AccelerateMS marks its one-year anniversary. Governor Reeves also signed Senate Bill 2723 into law.

During the press conference, the Mississippi Governor announced AccelerateMS’s newest platform, powered by GoodJob, which seeks to use modern tech and machine learning to connect people with new job opportunities uniquely tailored to their needs, wants, and experiences.

AccelerateMS Executive Director Ryan Miller said that this new platform will reduce the gap between job seekers looking for quality employment opportunities and employers who need individuals better aligned to succeed in their company.

Governor Reeves complimented the work that AccelerateMS had done to award $16.6 million in WET Fund special projects and expand a range of technical training programs at community colleges across the state. He also noted the categorization of Mississippi into 8 regional “ecosystems” which would allow for tailored workforce strategies unique to the individual regions of the state.

Governor Reeves cited that Mississippi currently has the lowest unemployment rate in state history, but noted three categories of individuals that need to be focused on in the near term even still: 

  1. Those currently unemployed.
  2. Those individuals who should be in the workforce, but are not.
  3. Those individuals in Mississippi who are already employed but have potential upward mobility.

During today’s event, Reeves also announced the signing of House Bill 1517 and House Bill 1006, and signed Senate Bill 2723 during today’s event.

“Since I signed legislation creating the Office of Workforce Development, we’ve continued building a pipeline that will streamline the training of a next generation workforce,” said Governor Reeves. “All this is happening through a comprehensive approach of legislation, coordination with local ecosystems, grant investments that are fueling skills-focused development, and more. From teacher pay raises to workforce investments, we are creating an environment that ensures our labor pool is prepared and equipped with the skills needed to take on the jobs of tomorrow.”

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: