April 26, 2018
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Joanna Russell hired as Tri-County Workforce development director

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BANGOR — Northern Maine Development Commission is pleased to announce Joanna Russell of Bangor has been hired as Tri-County Workforce Development Director. In this role, she also will serve as the executive director of the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board serving Penobscot, Piscataquis and Hancock counties.
Russell has served as the executive director at TCWIB at Eastern Maine Development Corp. since 2007 and previously served as director of career services at the Metropolitan College of New York. On July 1, NMDC replaced EMDC as the fiscal agent for TCWIB.
“Joanna brings extensive years of experience in workforce development and career services, said NMDC Director of Workforce and Economic Development Ryan Pelletier. “She has done an exceptional job in her role as Executive Director of the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board under the previous fiscal agent. She is highly regarded in the tri county region as a dedicated, hard working individual. We are delighted to have her join the NMDC staff and look forward to more collaboration between our two regions.”
Russell has been engaged in workforce development her entire career and said she looks forward to continuing her work with TCWIB.
“I get the greatest satisfaction when systems are successfully built to accommodate educators, businesses and job seekers within the same framework,” said Russell. “This requires that all entities speak the same language and follow the same guidelines. The task is easier said than done. In local area two, we have made great strides to see this come to fruition to the extent that all three entities understand the importance of having a ‘WorkReady’ community.”
Under the direction of the Chief Local Elected Officials (CLEO’s) and the Tri-County Workforce Board, the TCWIB Executive Director position provides professional management and administrative services at the board level in directing fiscal planning, budgeting, contract development and assessment of Workforce Investment Act (WIA) programs in Hancock, Penobscot and Piscataquis service delivery area. The position is responsible for developing a budget from multiple funding sources and budget preparation for a wide variety of grants, contracts and reimbursable agreements. Work includes developing recommendations for the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) in areas such as service strategy, program planning, design and operation, performance standards and other duties needed as related to the workforce development needs of the Tri-County region.
Russell began her employment with NMDC July 2, based out of a new Bangor location at 26 Franklin Street. She can be reached atjrussell@nmdc.org.