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Iron County receives Work Ready status

(Source: Justin Fischer/KFVS) (Source: Justin Fischer/KFVS)

Later this fall, a new Amtrak station in Arcadia, Missouri will mean a new chance for travelers to visit the Iron County community, but there's other exciting news from Iron County.

Iron County just received its certified "Work Ready" status. That means the region is now more attractive to businesses big and small.

"What we've developed and what we've accomplished here today, is matching the people looking for work, to a job, and that's what it's all about," Iron County Presiding Commissioner Jim Scaggs said.

Scaggs spearheaded the initiative to get his county certified. He said this new status will help attract businesses to Iron County, something that is sorely needed.

"Needless to say Iron County is now devastated with job loss," Scaggs said. "We are on the economic rebound, but we still have 27 percent of our population living in poverty. So we've got a lot of improvement to do."

The Director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development Mike Downing said the certification will help out with that improvement.

"I think it'll get them on the radar of a lot more projects than they were before," Downing said.

The CWRC status also gives students the opportunity to take a test and gain a certificate if they don't get a degree. And that can be put on a resume.

Darwin Rouse is a business owner in Iron County and said it will help get the employees he needs.

"Having someone who has the skill set can be both approachable to people which is a learned skill set as well as use available technology so they can better the experience, is absolutely important," Rouse said.

Maria Adams lives in Ironton, she hopes the new certification, will breathe new life into her town.

"Absolutely wonderful, due to the fact that we see a lot of little towns dying and we don't want our little town to die," Adams said.

"Give us a shot, we'll prove to you we'll get the job done," Scaggs said.

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