Robert Lentz and Daniel Payette Join NCI Works

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Northwest Central Illinois Works recently welcomed 2 new members to the workforce board: Robert Lentz from Walmart DC (Spring Valley) and Daniel Payette from Blackhawk Hills Regional Council (Rock Falls). Lentz and Payette were approved by the Chief Elected Officials from the 8 counties representing the local workforce area: Bureau, Carroll, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Putnam, and Whiteside Counties.

The business led board has been responsible for numerous projects over the years including: 2 manufacturing forums, 2 Healthcare Summits and subsequent networking events for area providers, an annual employer conference, the 2017 State of the Workforce Report, and an annual report of services and events provided by workforce development partners. The State of the Workforce Report and NCI Works Annual Report are available on the NCI Works website at  In the coming months NCI Works will be applying for additional grants to address workforce issues and local business needs. NCI Works was recently recertified by the State of Illinois as the local workforce board. Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act recertification of local boards is required every 2 years.

Dianna Schuler
1550 First Ave,  Ottawa, IL 61350

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