Iowa's Rapid Response
Assisting Iowa's Dislocated Workers
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How Iowa Conducts Rapid Response

Iowa's Rapid ResponseIn our increasingly globalized and highly competitive economy, businesses are hardly ever stable. Companies are constantly growing or shrinking, or are facing barriers that keep them from growing. One of the biggest challenges companies must face is having a workforce that is skilled enough to allow them to innovate and compete, and ultimately grow and prosper, in this economy.

Iowa Workforce Development and our IowaWORKS Centers offer many resources that can assist businesses and their workers, regardless of where the company is in the business cycle. One such resource is Rapid Response.

Rapid Response is a pro-active, customer-focused, and flexible strategy designed for two major purposes. First, to help growing companies access an available pool of skilled workers from other companies that are downsizing or who have been trained in the skills your company needs to be competitive.

Second, to respond to layoffs and plant closings by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to companies and their affected workers. Rapid Response will work with employers and any employee representative(s) to maximize public and private resources to minimize the disruptions on companies, affected workers, and communities that are associated with job loss. Rapid Response can provide customized services on-site at an affected company, accommodate any work schedules, and assist companies and workers through the painful transitions associated with job loss.

Following notification and confirmation of a layoff, the State Rapid Response Coordinator arranges an on-site meeting with the company and union officials (if applicable) with the purpose of planning outplacement and family-survival services for workers losing their jobs. Worker meetings are conducted to provide information about finding new employment, resume workshops, career counseling, training in a new career, and unemployment insurance (UI). At these meetings, workers learn about the services available to them at the IowaWORKS Centers located throughout the state. Other state agencies or community-based organizations are invited to participate, as appropriate. These services are fully funded by the Department of Labor through the State of Iowa under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Dislocated Worker Program. Some layoffs may require additional funding from the state or a National Emergency Grant (NEG) from the national reserve if the dislocation warrants such actions.

If job losses were caused by foreign competition, a petition may need to be filed for benefits under Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).

Iowa Workforce Center Administration
State Rapid Response Coordinator
150 Des Moines Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 669-0359
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