The Workforce Connection Board

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The Workforce Connection, Inc. Board was created by federal workforce legislation to, in partnership with the Local Elected Officials, plan and oversee the local workforce development system in Boone, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties.


To create a competitive, skilled and educated workforce by providing a system for individuals to gain meaningful employment responsive to the needs of business.

The One Stop Centers in Rockford. Freeport and Belvidere provide one contact for employers to find workers and for job-seekers to receive training, education and employment services.

Upcoming Meetings

The Workforce Connection Board generally meets on the first Tuesday of March, June, September & December at 8:00 a.m. at the Regional Design Center, 315 N. Main Street in Rockford.  Meeting notices, agendas and minutes are posted as they become available.  Click here for Board Meeting schedule.

The Performance & Accountability Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 19th. The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. and be held at The Workforce Connection, 303 N. Main Street, 2nd floor, Rockford. Click here for meeting agenda.

The Workforce Connection Board By-Laws  (amended 3-5-19)

Board Staff

Dr. Lisa M. Bly-Jones
Executive Director

Chris Connors
Planning and Quality Assurance Manager

Cathy Cornelius
Board Assistant

Mike Johnson
Grant Compliance Specialist

Robert Jones Jr.
Business Account Manager

Amanda M. Sink
Strategic Initiatives Manager

Dan White
Fiscal Manager

For general inquiries, please contact the main desk at 815-847-7574
Freedom of Information requests, details here

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