The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected the workforce throughout the Commonwealth. For some, it has caused people to re-define their careers.
Skills that were adequate just a few short years ago are now in need of upgrades or a complete shifting of professional priorities.
King William County is very fortunate to have an unemployment rate of 2.4 percent as of November. This equates to 100 individuals or less being without a job. But a rapid change in workforce opportunities can occur in the blink of eye and leave folks unmarketable in a very competitive job market.
Virginia Career Works in the Bay Consortium Region is interested in helping individuals and businesses train and retool for today’s workplace. The effort operates under the oversight of the Workforce Development Board (WDB) with Jackie Davis serving as Executive Director.
King William Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Ed Moren, represents King William on the Elected Officials arm of the WDB.
The staff at Virginia Career Works is actively marketing two opportunities in particular:
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WI0A): Funding is available for individuals who have lost their job due to COVID-19. Dislocated workers can qualify if they have been laid-off or have received a notice of layoff, exhausted unemployment compensation, or are interested in obtaining their CDL-Class A, CDL-Class B, or Certified Nursing Assistant license.
- Business services: services include recruitment and strategizing, customized training, assessment of employee skills, and layoff assistance.
Legislation in 2014 created the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and annually authorizes the use of funds to provide employment and training services.
Find out more about Virginia Career Works at vcwbay.com or call (804) 333-4048.
Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe Hopes to Renew Powwow Event Memorial Day Weekend
COVID-19 has canceled many special events over the last two years, but the Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe is hopeful their annual Powwow will return over Memorial Day weekend.
Tribal Administrator, Reggie Tupponce, met with County Staff and said planning for the event is part of the Tribe’s activities for 2022.
The Powwow is tentatively scheduled for May 28-29, 2022 and is estimated to draw as many as 5,000 people at its location off Route 30.
History Fact: The Sharon Indian School is the only public Indian school still standing in the Commonwealth. It now serves as the Tribal Center. Learn more about the Upper Mattaponi at umitribe.org.
King William Comprehensive Plan Steadily Moving to Completion
The update of King William County’s Comprehensive Plan – known as Blueprint 2041 – is steadily moving its way through the government review process.
The Planning Commission reviewed the latest draft at its meeting on February 1. A joint meeting among the Board of Supervisors, Economic Development Authority, and Planning Commission is scheduled on February 14 as part of the Board of Supervisors’ Work Session.
Hill Studio has been retained to coordinate the Plan’s update. The latest draft can be downloaded from the County website. Citizens can still provide comments to the draft plan by submitting them to email@example.com. A Public Hearing will also be held to receive public comments. That date will be announced soon.
When updated, the Comprehensive Plan will provide general guidance and a framework for making important decisions regarding public and private investment in the next 10-20 years.