Southcentral Mississippi Works (SMW) Workforce Investment Area serves 17 counties in the central and southern portion of the state through a network of 10 WIN Job Centers.  CMPDD, in partnership with Southwest MS Planning and Development District, acts as the administrative entity for the local workforce investment board and local elected officials providing  guidance and oversight for the workforce activities for the area.

Workforce investment activities help improve the skills and abilities of workers, support the labor needs of local businesses, and contribute to the economic growth of area communities.  SMW works closely with a number of partner agencies to offer a comprehensive array of services, including the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, local Community Colleges, the Mississippi Development Authority, and local economic developers.

In July 2014 Congress passed a new workforce law.  The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) will replace the current Workforce Investment Act beginning in July 2015.  For information on the WIOA please click here.


The Southcentral Mississippi Works Local Workforce Investment Area’s Board of Commissioners met on October 30, 2014. At the meeting, the Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution stating that the Southcentral Mississippi Works Local Workforce Area, having met all conditions required of a local workforce region under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, requests that the Governor of Mississippi designate the current 17 counties that comprise the Southcentral Mississippi Works Local Workforce Area as a local area under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. Questions regarding this resolution should be directed to Mary Powers, Job Training Director at Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, (the fiscal agent for Southcentral Mississippi Works Local Workforce Area) by telephone at (601) 981-1511 or by email at





WIN Job Centers

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

Services Provided to Job Seekers, Employers, and Economic Developers


To find out more about the labor force in our area, click on the links below:

Southcentral Mississippi Works Labor Survey

State Workforce Investment Board Data Center

Southcentral MS Works Sector Strategy Plan

Local Workforce Development Board (LWDB) Agenda

Board of Commissioners (BOC) Agenda

2016-2020 Strategic Plan


Equal Opportunity Employer/Program

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

For additional information, please contact Mary Powers at (601) 981-1511.

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