NORTHWEST ARKANSAS LOCAL WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD
Minutes of Planning Committee Meeting – June 6, 2001
A meeting of the Planning Committee of the Northwest Arkansas Local Workforce Investment
Board was held Wednesday, June 6, 2001 at Best Western Eureka Inn, in Eureka Springs,
Committee Members present were:
MR. JERRY MCFARLAND, HARRISON (BUSINESS), Proxy for Ron Montgomery
MS. LORENE WATKINS, FAYETTEVILLE (LABOR)
MR. HAROLD LEMONS, FAYETTEVILLE (EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT)
MR. BILL BROWN, ROGERS (CSBG-CBO)
MR. JIM STEWART, ROGERS (BUSINESS) Proxy for Steve Hall
MS. CATHY DANIELS, JASPER (CSBG-CBO)
MR. ROY EIDSON, FAYETTEVILLE (DHS-TEA-WtW)
MS. KATHLEEN RANDALL, SPRINGDALE (CSBG-CBO)
MS. NADEAN RANEY, HARRISON (OLDER WORKER)
MS. SALLY CONDUFF, SPRINGDALE, Proxy for Gordon Smith
MR. WAYLAND STUMBAUGH, FAYETTEVILLE (VOCATIONAL REHAB/PARENT)
Committee Members absent and excused by Chair were:
MR. CHARLES CHRISTIAN, MT. JUDEA (BUSINESS)
MR. BENNY MAGNESS, COTTER (BUSINESS)
MS. JOY PRATER, HARRISON (CSBG-CBO)
MR. JEFF MAYS, MARSHALL (BUSINESS)
MR. B. RAY MORGAN, LEAD HILL (SUPERINTENDENT)
MS. MARY KITTERMAN, ORGANIZED LABOR
MR. STEVE WARD, FAYETTEVILLE (BUSINESS)
Others present were:
Ms. Amy C. Bell, NWAEDD
Mr. Henry E. Walker, NWAEDD
Mr. Bill Smiley, NWAEDD
Mr. J. Michael Norton, NWAEDD
Ms. Susan Sangren, NWACDC
Ms. Jane Wheeler, NWACDC
Ms. Donna Carney, NWACDC
Ms. Diana Tucker, NWACDC
Ms. Susan Daniel, NWACDC
Mr. Rick Reed, AESD
Mr. Doyce Hill, AESD
Mr. Ross Parker, AESD
Mr. Elroy Willoughby, Arkansas WIB
Mr. Robert Killion, LWIB
Meeting was called to order by ACTING CHAIRPERSON JIM STEWART at 10:00 a.m.
MR. ROSS PARKER, Manager of the Arkansas Employment Security Department in Harrison
and consortium operator with Harrison Career Development Center, made a report to the
Planning Committee, in response to the Committee’s request to determine the business needs in
the Career Development Center and affiliate areas. MR. PARKER addressed concerns,
including staff shortages, lack of space for one-stop center, advertisement and marketing.
The minutes of the March 7, 2001 meeting were approved on a motion by MR. HAROLD
LEMONS, with a second by MS. KATHLEEN RANDALL. Motion carried.
MR. HENRY E. WALKER presented and reviewed the Cost Sharing and Resource Allocation
Addendum to the MOU, which included funding from the One-stop Implementation Grant and
in-kind match of active partners based on the Career Development Center budget. by MR.
HAROLD LEMONS made a motion to accept the Cost Sharing and Resource Allocation
Addendum, direct staff to obtain the required signatures and forwarded the Addendum to the
state WIB staff. The second was made by MR. BILL BROWN. The Committee discussed the
issue of "core" funding for the career development center and the failure to provide a base fund.
The committee was provided the state draft MOU for departments and agencies which would
direct state departments and agencies to participate at the local level. The state was not
successful in bringing that project to fruition. The Committee concluded that the cost sharing
element was to be the core funding, with the current funding coming from the implementation
grant, if the extension is granted for those funds by the Department of Labor. Other wise they
would be covered by in-kind match funds or by bartering with partners. The motion carried.
MR. HENRY WALKER then presented the recommendations of the Youth Council to the
LWIB, as requested by DR. MARSHA JONES, Chair of the Youth Council, at its last meeting.
The Youth Council recommendations were based on a Request for Proposal process, which had
three responders. The funding stream and requests were presented. The recommendation of the
a. Fund the proposal of NWACDC for in-school, out-of-school, and navigator services in
the amount of $300,000.00;
b. Negotiate with North Central Career Center (NCCC) to fund in-school and out-of-school
services in Searcy County and surrounding areas in the amount of $49,500.00. NCCC
was required to eliminate its bid to provide navigator services and a small summer youth
component for in-school youth in 2001.
c. Fund the final proposal from Teen Challenge with existing Career Opportunities funds,
which recently became available. The $18,563.00 contract would be negotiated to ensure
all concerns of the Youth Council were relieved.
MR. HAROLD LEMONS made a motion to accept the recommendations of the Youth Council.
The second was made by MR. WAYLAND STUMBAUGH. MR. TOM KNAPP abstained.
After discussion, the motion carried.
The committee then reviewed a request from the NWACDC to provide WIA services to the
nephew of an employee, Linda Schader. Ms Schader will not have control of the nephew or the
program process. There is also a requirement for a 5% variance in the economically
disadvantaged criteria, as allowed by WIA. MR. BILL BROWN made a motion approve the
services as requested. MS. KATHLEEN RANDALL made the second. The motion carried.
MR. HENRY E. WALKER reviewed the responsibility of the Local Workforce Investment Area
to have policy and procedures for Youth, Adult, and Dislocated Worker program operation. He
requested that NWACDC, as the Title I program operator, be allowed to develop youth and adult
program components, in accordance with the Act, rules and regulations, which are fitting to local
customer needs, fit the performance criteria, and can be implemented, tracked, assessed, and
reported. MR. WAYLAND STUMBAUGH make the motion to allow NWACDC to develop
these components and provide them for review and approval by the LWIB, when in place and
operational. The motion was seconded by MS. KATHLEEN RANDALL. The motion carried.
The Committee reviewed recently received Eligible Training Provider applications and staff
assessment sheets. MR. HAROLD LEMONS made a motion to approve the applications from
New Horizons Computer Learning Center, U of A Community College of Hope, and John
Brown University's Organizational Management and to disapprove the applications from John
Brown University for Business Information Systems, Eastern College of Health Vocations, and
Timberland Tech, Inc. The second was made by MS. LORENE WATKINS. MS. SALLY
CONDUFF abstained. The motion carried.
The committee was advised that the state indicated that the Equal Employment Opportunity
(EEO) officer for the Local Workforce Investment Area should be an employee of the Title I
program operator and approved by the local board. MS. SALLY CONDUFF made a motion that
NWACDC staff member Janie Wheeler be approved as the EEO officer. MR. HAROLD
LEMONS made the second. The motion carried.
The committee was advised that NWACDC desired to have Ms. Diana Tucker, Operations
Manager, appointed to the Youth Council. MR. HAROLD LEMONS made a motion to appoint
Ms. Tucker to the Youth Council. A second was made by MS. NADEAN RANEY. The motion
MR. JIM STEWART made a presentation to the committee regarding the responsibilities of the
business community with relation to the workforce investment program and specifically about
participation by the business members appointed to the LWIB. He indicated the business
members who have not been active should be polled regarding commitment, that those working
on the LWIB, including himself, should become more active in developing vision, mission and
values for the workforce investment program in Northwest Arkansas. He directed attention to
motivational quotes from Winston Churchill regarding participation and being pro-active. He
pointed out that staff is not to be the driver, but rather the managers and action people to
implement the LWIB's vision, mission, and values and it is time for the LWIB to take those
There being no other business, the meeting adjourned on a motion by MR. JERRY
MCFARLAND with a second by MR. WAYLAND STUMBAUGH.