down Go Back to Our Ideas Report/Research Today's Realities—Tomorrow's Workforce: Addressing Region 7's Rural Workforce Mismatch Full Reportright Executive Summary & Recommendationsright At a Glance The rural counties of Region 7, a sub-state area designated by the state of Alabama to address workforce development issues, has yet to fully recover from the 2007 economic recession. This report outlines Region 7's education and workforce needs. Published jan. 31, 2017 Contributors Mary V.L. Wright Director James Shanahan Steve Quimby Topics State & Local Workforce Systems Employers Industry Associations Manufacturing Adults Incumbent Workers Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email The Southwest Alabama Workforce Development Council leadership is concerned about workforce challenges in the southwest corner of the state. The rural counties of Region 7, a sub-state area designated by the state for addressing workforce development issues, have lagged behind their urban neighbors in recovering from the economic recession of 2007. SAWDC recognizes that a new and expanded effort is required to improve the rural economy and better align demand and supply of workers attempting to connect around real-time hiring needs.This report presents the findings and recommendations from an 11-month long analysis of current and projected education and workforce development needs in the rural counties of Region 7 in Alabama. The Delta Regional Authority-funded project will help the workforce collaborative SAWDC and its partners to develop programs and systems-based policies to build a more connected, comprehensive workforce system among education systems and business and industry sectors.