Organizational Mission: There are two coordinating organizations championing the Sector Strategy initiative in Mississippi with overlapping mission. The two organizations are, the State Workforce Investment Board (SWIB) and Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES). The SWIB, mission statement is develop and implement a strategy to maximize the stateís education, training, and employment service resources in support of economic development; MDES, mission statement increasing employment in Mississippi. MDES has established a lead statewide industry, education, economic, planning agency, government agency, governorís office, community stakeholder, industry association, and utility, sector strategy advisory team .The mission statement is establish a sustainable partnership of employers and stakeholders to make data-driven decision on present and future regional workforce needs of industries and workers, with a focus on providing quality jobs and career opportunities for all.
In 2006 Governor Haley Barbour adopted and initiated a Sector Strategy workforce and economic planning model for Mississippi.