January 26, 2022


Mid America Workforce Investment Board –

Marketing & Economic Development Committee Meeting


January 26th, 2022 @ 1:30PM

Call Meeting to Order

Public Comment on Agenda

Review and Approval of 9/29/21 Meeting Minutes


Marketing Plan/Outreach/Potential Intern

Economic Development Roundtable (see separate attachment)

Apprenticeship Grants, Events & Other Activities

Additional Updates and News

The next MAWIB Meeting is February 10th, 2022, 8:30 a.m. and will be held via Zoom technology


Marketing & Economic Development Committee

Meeting Minutes



Attendees:                                                                                                                   Staff:

Paul Ellis (Chair)                                                                                                          Cassandra Ellis

Vicki Niederhofer                                                                                                        Matt Jones

Eric Schauster                                                                                                             Cindy Layman

                                                                                                                                    Lee Reese

                                                                                                                                    Rick Stubblefield

Paul Ellis called the meeting to order at 1:30PM. With no public comment, Paul presented the September 29th minutes for review.  Vicki Niederhofer made a motion to approve, it was seconded by Cindy Layman and the minutes were unanimously approved.  Next, Paul began the Updates section of the agenda by asking Matt Jones to give an update on the SIUE Marketing Intern.  Matt informed the committee that he, Paul and Cindy recently interviewed 2 intern candidates and that an offer was made to Jacob Wolfe.  Mr. Wolfe will be a paid intern after he completes the county’s hiring process and will be focused on the marketing plan, the new website, social media and other ways of doing outreach for the Workforce Development Group, MAWIB and all of the WIOA partners.  Paul also talked a bit more about the marketing plan as well as the Economic Development Roundtable spreadsheet.  The contacts listed will be an integral part of a future Zoom presentation about WIOA services.  Moving on to the next agenda item, Matt & Lee Reese gave an update on the apprenticeship grants as well as some upcoming workforce roundtables.  Cindy mentioned a re-entry program that she is working on and there was also a group discussion about local worker shortages and business closures, especially centered around the impacts of COVID.  Vicki asked the group to keep her updated on COVID-related business closures in our region as way to establish a baseline and study economic development impacts and trends as a result of the pandemic.  In closing the update discussions, Matt reiterated that the new MAWIB website is being constructed through GoDaddy and hopefully will be live mid-February.  The website will be key to connecting many of the current and future outreach efforts.

After a few more topics of discussion, Matt reminded the group that the next MAWIB meeting will be held on February 10th @ 8:30AM via Zoom.  With no further discussion, the meeting was adjourned at 2:18PM.