JobBRIEF September 2017 ι Vol. 8 Issue 8
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
Executive Director's Hurricane Harvey Message

Marilyn Smith, Executive Director

The effects of Hurricane Harvey on Southeast Texas has surpassed any natural disaster we have experienced in our modern history. Even well thought-out 'best practices' from Hurricanes Ike and Rita fell by the wayside as our communities and infrastructure in Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties were overwhelmed and even crippled by the storm and flooding. However, we are resilient, and we hold fast to, our strength, faith and love for each other as we move on to repair, renovate, and rebuild.

Our goal is to continually provide support and resources to our communities as well as workforce and employment services through the Workforce Centers. The workforce board has received funding through the National Dislocated Worker Disaster grant to provide assistance to individuals in the form of temporary employment opportunities associated with the clean-up, recovery and humanitarian efforts in our area. We have reached out to the elected officials and emergency management leaders charged with disaster recovery and reconstruction to become direct partners in revitalizing Southeast Texas.

Additionally Jefferson, Orange and Hardin are part of the declared disaster counties in the state and individuals and businesses are eligible to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance through the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Individuals and businesses are encouraged to continue to contact us for assistance with recovery issues and we will keep our website,, updated with the most current on-line resources available.

From all of us in Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas, we extend our sincerest thoughts, prayers and best wishes for recovery, to individuals and families, including our own staff, who were adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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