NewsWIB March 2019
SWORWIB Snags All Star Award - Again!
 Thanks to all of you, NewsWIB has been awarded a Constant Contact All Star Award ! Granted to organizations dedicated to building relationships with their communities, the All Star designation recognizes communications that net high, average open rates of over 25%, and high click-through rates, as these indicate strong subject matter quality, interest and consistency – along with low bounce rates, which speak to the dedication of the organization to maintain its database of readers.
According to Constant Contact, the bar to All Star status gets higher every year. Only 10% of Constant Contact customers receive it. But 65% of All Stars, like SWORWIB, are multiple-year recipients.
“We don’t like to toot our own horn,” offers Sherry Kelley Marshall, President & CEO, SWORWIB, “but when our engagement efforts are recognized, it’s fun to share! Thank you for engaging with us, and for making this recognition possible.”
Spotlight on Labor Market Information
Wages Up
Average hourly earnings grew by 3.4 percent over the 12 months ending February 2019 – marking the largest increase since April 2009 and the seventh straight month wages grew at or above 3 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Jobs Up
Job openings increased to 7.6 million -- the third highest level on record -- beating expectations. January was the 11 th straight month that job openings have exceeded job seekers.
Spotlight On Our Market
Cincinnati Ranked
"Top 100 Best Places to Live"
Cincinnati was named among the Top 100 Best Places to Live by Livability magazine, "...thanks to its robust economy, plentiful amenities, like the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, to name a few ..." And we scored the highest for infrastructure among all cities ranked because, "’s super easy to get around..." Read more at
Money Names Cincinnati
"Top 20 Best Places to Go in 2019"
Listed as " attractive destination for foodies, adventurers, and craft-brew lovers...", Cincinnati was named among the top 20 best places to go this year by Money magazine. The article cites Over-the-Rhine (OTR) as the place to be, and notes Cincinnati’s riverfront landscape, "...which offers canoeing and riverside restaurants." Money says Cincinnati is " of the most inexpensive cities on our list ... the city’s affordability means two people can enjoy a three-course meal and craft beers for $50 ..." Read more at
Spotlight on Employers
Dream It Do It OKI: Video Contest
Celebrates Manufacturing Cool Factor

The manufacturing sector is the second largest industry in our region, with over 2,400 firms that make everything from aircraft engines to car parts, consumer packaged goods and more. Career opportunities abound, which is the genesis for Dream It Do It OKI , a national platform designed to shape the image of manufacturing and increase awareness of employment options in this sector.

“In fact,” says Debbie Combs, Director of Industry Partnerships with Partners for a Competitive Workforce, and Regional Director of Dream It Do It OKI, “Our Fall 2018 survey of 18 advanced manufacturing companies shows 1,100 career opportunities for machine operators, industrial maintenance, robotics, welding and engineering technicians within the next four years."
In March, Dream It Do It OKI and several partners joined to host the fourth annual “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest. A total of 16 teams of schools and businesses – nine in Southwest Ohio, and seven from Northern Kentucky – competed for eight award categories, and their submissions garnered over 7,000 votes from almost every state in the U.S.
Several hundred students, parents and manufacturing professionals attended the awards ceremony amidst tornado warnings -- and no one wanted to leave before the winners were announced!
All of the entries were terrific, and judges (from left to right) St acy Sheffield, Executive Director, Workforce Investment Board of Butler, Clermont and Warren Counties; Barbara Stewart, Director, Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board; and Sherry Kelley Marshall, President & CEO, SWORWIB, really had their work cut out for them!

Congratulations to all of winners and all of the students who participated! They are the workforce of our future!
4th Annual "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?"
Video Contest Winners
Outstanding Program Award
Tichenor Middle School & L’Oreal
Outstanding Cool Award
Evanston Academy &
Richards Industries
Outstanding Team Spirit Award
Jones Middle School & Mubea
Outstanding Editing Award
Highland Heights Middle School & Balluff, Inc.
Outstanding Videography Award
Edgewood Middle School & thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America
Outstanding Creativity Award
Little Miami Junior High &
JBM Packaging
Outstanding Educational Value
Sharp Middle School &
Safran Landing Systems
Viewer’s Choice Award
Little Miami Junior High &
JBM Packaging
Watch “ Now is the time to be a manufacturer ” Fourth Generation Manufacturing video at
Spotlight on Business Services
OhioMeansJobs Center and Graydon
Host Human Resource Workshop

Over 25 Human Resource and line management professionals from a variety of companies in Hamilton County attended the “Employee Reviews: Managing Expectations” on March 19. Graydon employment law attorney Nick Ziepfel (pictured below) presented the keys to staying on top of employee performance throughout the year to help prevent having disgruntled employees at annual evaluation time.
Key Takeaways:  
·   Make sure you have a policy handbook, and that you distribute it and stick to it!

·   If an infraction occurs, “document, document, document!” If litigation arises, the first source of information sought is an employee’s personnel file, so keep files current and complete.
Spotlight on Employer
David J. Joseph Company Gives Great Oaks Students Tour

When Great Oaks reached out to learn more about recycling, the David J. Joseph Company answered the call. Karen Arnold, Sr. Vice President, Human Resources, shared, “The school reached out to Duane Dowling, who manages our River Metals Recycling center in Xenia, Ohio, for a tour. Duane and our Human Resources representative, Chaz Siemer, provided the students with a tour of the facility, an information session and Q&A time. We were glad to be able to showcase our operations, and we hope to explore other ways we can work with Great Oaks.”
Spotlight on Eligible Training Providers
Napier Truck Driving Training

Thanks to a committed, hands-on approach,
Napier has trained over 10,000 students in the region – including recently two of our customers, Richard Acel and Obadiah Cheatham. Richard was laid off; and Obadiah was working, but the out-of-town contract job made parenting his family of four tough.
With funding from the OhioMeansJobs Center via the Southwest Ohio Regional Workforce Investment Board, Richard and Obadiah both earned a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Richard (pictured on right) is hauling crushed limestone. Obadiah (below) is delivering heavy equipment to oil drilling operations. And, both are earning on average $1,000 weekly.

Aimee Napier of Napier Truck Driver Training, shares, “There’s a tremendous demand for individuals with a CDL. The classroom and behind-the-wheel training can open so many doors to careers with benefits and bonuses.”

Keep on trucking!
Spotlight on Regional Collaboration