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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – Many business owners and workers are struggling to keep up during the coronavirus shutdown.  In an effort to help smalls business owners affected by the virus within the Commonwealth of Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam requested…

NEWS Workforce council working to help people getting laid off, furloughed due to coronavirus pandemic

NORFOLK, Va. – Jeff Reynolds just got laid off on Thursday. He said he was part of a paint job at a hotel that got stopped. He drove over to the Virginia Career Works Center in Norfolk, but the doors…

Unemployed or furloughed because of the coronavirus? The workforce council wants to help

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton Roads Workforce Council helps people find jobs, but right now they are trying to help those who are unemployed or furloughed because of the coronavirus. Shawn Avery, who is the president and CEO of…

Boost the regional economy by leveraging workforce development training | Expert column

When we think about the economic vitality of our region, job creation is often top of mind. How do we attract more businesses? How do we drive job growth? However, it’s high time we pull from the low-hanging fruit: training…

‘Connecting Opportunities’ aims to help students get trained in trade programs

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Hampton Roads Workforce Council and Elizabeth River Crossing have recently teamed up to launch the “Connecting Opportunities” program.  Through Connecting Opportunities, 30 students per year will receive funding to complete trade programs through Tidewater Community College’s…




Opportunity Inc. of Hampton Roads, on behalf of the Hampton Roads Workforce Development Board, is currently making Draft Modifications to the current 4-Year Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Local Plan available to the public for review and comment. In accordance with State guidance, the Draft Plan Modifications and the current Plan can be found by clicking HERE beginning 2/14/19 until 3/15/19. Written comments are welcomed and must be submitted via email to no later than 5:30 PM Eastern Time on 3/15/19. Note: Opportunity Inc. is currently in the process of changing its name to the Hampton Roads Workforce Council, which does not affect public review and comment regarding the Draft Plan Modifications. Equal Opportunity Program/Employer funded by the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.

View original local plan and attachments HERE.