Contact: Julie Willmot
(609) 278-7137

TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes today announced the appointment of Beverly Mills as Director of the Workforce Investment Board (WIB).

Mills, who has been employed with the County since 2006, previously served as Deputy Director of the Mercer County Workforce Investment Board. During her time as the Deputy Director, Mills successfully met many challenges, including attracting and increasing private sector membership with the WIB by 51 percent and restructuring WIB committees.

"I congratulate Beverly in her new position and am confident she will rise to the expectations placed upon her. She has the skills to continue to make the Workforce Investment Board a productive and valuable program," said Hughes.

Mercer County's Workforce Investment Board helps to develop, maintain, and implement a quality workforce, which is consumer-based and labor-market driven, by accessing the labor market and helping job seekers and employers meet their needs. To accomplish this, the WIB provides coordination, guidance, and oversight for all workforce readiness programs in Mercer County and efficiently makes use of state and federal resources to assist the workforce.

"I look forward to working with the Board and partnering with businesses to maximize the potential of the WIB," said Mills. "I thank the County Executive and my colleagues for putting their confidence in my ability."

Many of the County's most prominent private industry leaders, including CEOs, presidents, and other executives, have been appointed by Hughes to serve on the WIB and offer their professional insight to create a stronger workforce in Mercer.

In April, the WIB hosted the first of two annual conferences geared toward Mercer County employers to market WIB and One-Stop Career Center services. In addition, it hosts two annual Best Practices Literacy Conferences. The WIB also plans to have a conference in the fall for the WIB Youth Committee. In summer 2007, the WIB office coordinated Hughes' Mercer EYES program, a new job program that matched 64 local youth with companies throughout Mercer County for eight weeks of professional employment.

For more information on the Mercer County Workforce Investment Board, call (609) 989-6827.