December 2021
2021 - A Year of Transition,
Tribute, and Opportunity!
The Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board (SWORWIB) completed a landmark year of historic challenges, accomplishments, tributes, and opportunities. As the COVID-19 pandemic raged-on, SWORWIB and our OhioMeansJobs (OMJ) workforce development system remained fully operational, both virtually and in-person. Despite seeing decreases in Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) FY2021 Adult funding, our area provided nearly $1.9 million in job training grants to Adults and Dislocated Workers to help prepare/train for in-demand careers in the Logistics/Supply Chain, IT, Healthcare, Construction, and Manufacturing industries. Our contracted workforce providers delivered career/employment and training services to over 2,600 Youth, Adults, and Dislocated Workers. This powerful work resulted in Cincinnati-Hamilton County achieving the #1 ranking in Ohio for Median Earnings of WIOA Adults and Dislocated Workers, as well as the #1 ranking among our Ohio Metros (Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus) for WIOA Youth Employment, Median Earnings, Credentials, and Skills Gains!
Another key accomplishment this year was our new Regional Workforce Plan for 2021-2025, a strategic roadmap to delivering integrated, demand-driven, and efficient workforce services. The key focus areas of this regional plan included: delivering strategic services to those individuals and communities hit hardest by COVID, tailoring services to the area’s top industries/careers, filling-in technology gaps among youth, addressing significant barriers to employment (e.g., childcare, transportation, etc.), increasing awareness and navigational support of regional workforce resources, and expanding/ strengthening collaborative partnerships. Given its regional footprint, the Plan will be implemented in Hamilton County as well as in Butler, Clermont, and Warren Counties. Click HERE to view the new Regional Plan.
I must also acknowledge Sherry Kelley Marshall, our former President & CEO, who retired from her legacy role on June 30, 2021. President Marshall is a dynamic disrupter who advocated for a common sense and customer-friendly approach to our area’s workforce system. I was honored to work alongside President Marshall during my immersive onboarding experience. To read more about President Marshall’s final Annual Report, as well as featured highlights from her Retirement Celebration, click HERE.
Looking ahead to 2022, the SWORWIB and our contracted providers and workforce partners, will be laser-focused on solutions to the region’s top workforce challenges, including expanding in-demand career training and upskilling, addressing equity gaps in the workforce system, increasing Outreach, Awareness, and Engagement efforts, and leading strategic regional collaboration among workforce stakeholders.
Our work is made possible because of our dynamic and diverse Board of Directors, staff, and contracted service providers, who dedicate their time and energy to support a vision of a stronger, equitable workforce for our community.  I also want to acknowledge our Board Chair Laurence Jones, along with our Chief Elected Officials: Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Mayor-Elect Aftab Pureval, City Council (current and newly elected), and our Hamilton County Commissioners, President Stephanie Summerow Dumas, Vice President Alicia Reece, and Commissioner Denise Driehaus. These leaders are supporting our region by pursuing opportunities for government to move resources into communities faster and with less red tape; and our labor partners for helping to underscore why job quality, worker advocacy, and safety matter. Without these outstanding leaders and partners, our work would not be possible.
Wishing you a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Healthy 2022!

Jason Ashbrook, Executive Director
Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board (SWORWIB)
513Relief Services Heading to the OMJ!
OMJ Center identified as ideal space with easy access, parking, and onsite workforce development services
Hamilton County is teaming up with the Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board (SWORWIB) to temporarily house the services of the 513Relief Bus in one convenient location.
Beginning January 2022, 513Relief Bus services will operate from the OhioMeansJobs (OMJ) Center, 1916 Central Parkway 45214. This move allows the County’s COVID Relief Programs to be accessible Monday through Friday from
9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in one location, on a bus line, and with convenient parking.
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week, Hamilton County Public Health will continue providing no-cost vaccinations and health information at the Central Parkway location. Hamilton County Job and Family Services will also be on hand providing direct assistance to Hamilton County residents in need of rent, mortgage, utility relief as well as general social services. The partnership with SWORWIB will provide workforce training opportunities and connect jobseekers and employers. 
Due to the current high demand for 513 Relief services, this move will allow daily accessibility with regular hours. Hamilton County will resume community operations once the permanent 513Relief Bus is constructed. Hamilton County had been using one of UC Health’s mobile mammography buses to ramp up operations quickly earlier this year. 
Since June 2021, the Hamilton County Equity and Resources Mobile Tech Bus (aka the “513Relief Bus”) visited 79 locations serving 4,158 Hamilton County residents from 28 different zip codes across Hamilton County. UC Health and Hamilton County Public Health administered 1,582 COVID-19 vaccinations in conjunction with the bus. Details on all of the County’s COVID Relief programs, including the 513Relief Bus can be found at
Diversity Leadership Symposium
SWORWIB Executive Director Ashbrook was honored and thrilled to participate on a panel at the Fifth Third Bank Diversity Leadership Symposium on December 15! Oh, and what a powerful keynote address from Melvin Gravely ! Thanks for assembling our panel, Christina Misali and our excellent panelists Micah Dickson Scott Paja, Ph.D. Candice Matthews Brackeen Megan Janes