Mississippi's State Workforce Investment Board and State Workforce Development Council created the Joint Task Force on Workforce Competitiveness in the fall of 2002 and charged it with two major objectives:

  • Examine issues and concerns regarding the competitiveness of Mississippi's workforce and the related issues regarding the state's workforce training systems.
  • Recommend policy and program strategies to increase and sustain Mississippi workforce and economic competitiveness.

MDC directed the effort and conducted primary research, analysis, and reporting.

The findings and recommendations of this report were offered as a starting point for developing Mississippi's economic competitiveness and increasing the job prospects, wages, and upward mobility of all people and all regions of the state.

The governor and state legislature used its findings to inform landmark legislation, The Mississippi Comprehensive Workforce Training and Education Consolidation Act of 2004.