JACKSON — On May 21, Governor Tate Reeves announced Patrick Sullivan as his appointment for Chairman of the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) to ensure Mississippi's continued workforce development.
SWIB was created to develop and implement our state's economic strategy to maximize our education, training, and employment service resources, balancing the coordination of public and private sectors. Having served as the Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Recovery and Renewal under Governor Haley Barbour, the President of the Mississippi Energy Institute, and a member of SWIB, Patrick is an experienced, battle-tested leader capable of leading our efforts to invest in workforce training and grow our state's economy to lift all Mississippi families.
"Workforce development and training have always been my top priorities for our great state. Every Mississippian deserves the chance to work an honest job for good pay," said Governor Reeves. "The current economic climate presents new challenges for our state, but we are committed to forging ahead for our people and increasing Mississippians take-home pay through business growth and workforce training. Patrick has an impressive record of fostering economic growth and overseeing economic development in our state. I am grateful to have him lead SWIB and bring together the public and private sectors to help move our state forward."
"Governor Reeves has identified Mississippi's mission to start the path towards higher average incomes. The best way to get Mississippians into higher paying jobs is to get more Mississippians qualified for high-pay, high-tech jobs," said Patrick Sullivan. "This is a very achievable, measurable task, but to have success, intensive collaboration between employers, public institutions, and other workforce partners is critical. The mission succeeds when we all succeed. I look forward to the work ahead."
Governor Reeves made the announcement during today's press briefing, which you can view on our Facebook page here.
The Governor also discussed the next phase of our state's efforts to rebuild through investment in our workforce training as we work to come out of this pandemic.
"I am proposing a substantial investment in workforce training facility capacity expansions where our training institutions can quickly upgrade facilities or add equipment to train more Mississippians with skills that lead to higher paying careers," said Governor Reeves at the press briefing. "The best way to get Mississippians into higher paying jobs is to get more Mississippians qualified for the high-tech, higher paying jobs many businesses demand today. I am asking the legislature to let us use CARES Act funds to help these Mississippians to re-enter the workforce stronger."
Included in the workforce proposal, Governor Reeves encourages as much on-the-job training opportunities as possible for those out of work and seeking opportunities. For employers willing to start employees at a competitive salary, the Governor is proposing to partner with these companies to cover a portion of the wages during the on-the-job training period through the end of 2020.