2017 Annual E-Report 2017 Annual E-Report - Page 2

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT/CEO Dear Stakeholders, As we reflect on 2017, we know that our economy continues to evolve and the team at Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend has effectively adapted to meet the changing needs of employers and job seekers. The Coastal Bend Region has shown resilience and resolve in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the devastating impact it had on our community. I am privileged to work with a team that has risen to the occasion to implement disaster relief initiatives and activities. Workforce Solutions quickly deployed mobile disaster units, taking services directly to those with the greatest need. Over 8,000 citizens have received Disaster Unemployment Assistance and are taking advantage of job seeker assistance, support services and child care. We continue to work with municipalities, school districts and humanitarian relief organizations to fill job openings designed to recover, re-employ and rebuild. Getting our 01 Region back to work is our role and is central to our mission at Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend. The collective and coordinated efforts of our Board of Directors, Professional Staff and Strategic Partners establish a strong foundation to accomplish our goals and serve our customers effectively and efficiently. Together we are stronger, and I extend my sincere thanks to all of them. I also extend my appreciation and gratitude to the Chief Elected Officials Council for their leadership and efforts in positively impacting so many families in the Coastal Bend. We will continue to build on the success of 2017 and are committed to elevating our strategic partnerships and presence in 2018 as we invest in our regional economic success through access to employment, training, child care, youth and employer services. Ken TreviƱo President/CEO