“I like my space,” explained Bubba Evansco of the Workforce Innovation Board.
New offices, new meeting rooms and a new front desk. It’s all part of the new footprint for the Workforce Innovation Board at 4th and Grand.
“I love the fact that we’re going to be a part of this advanced training and technology center. We’ve always been know as leaders in our industry, being able to bring things to the workforce. It makes sense that we’d be on the cutting edge here as well,” Evansco added.
And, the recent move to its new home also means a few new options around the office.
“But we’ve got a beautiful studio, we’ll be able to do some nice audio/video projects to help again boost some of the projects and help bring attention to some of the services that we offer,” said Evansco.  
The new offices sit on the east side of the remodeled building, next to space serving as a small business incubator. Still to come is the biggest tenant – training classes for advanced manufacturing, internet technology and community health.  
“Equipment is coming in and in August of ’17, Crowder will begin classes. So, a great opportunity for people to get skills for all of those new jobs that we see coming as well as just existing companies that continue to grow,” Joplin Chamber President Rob O’Brian explained.
The project has been in the works for more than a year.  It’s a $6.5 million project, and significant share of that came from the city and grant funding.