Lentz, Payette join NCI Works


Northwest Central Illinois Works recently welcomed two new members to the workforce board: Robert Lentz from Walmart Distribution Center, Spring Valley, and Daniel Payette from Blackhawk Hills Regional Council, Rock Falls.

Lentz and Payette were approved by the chief elected officials from the eight counties representing the local workforce area: Bureau, Carroll, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Putnam and Whiteside.

The business-led board has been responsible for numerous projects over the years including two manufacturing forums, two Health Care Summits and subsequent networking events for area providers, an annual employer conference, the 2017 State of the Workforce Report, and an annual report of services and events provided by workforce development partners.

The State of the Workforce Report and NCI Works Annual Report are available on the NCI Works website at In the coming months, NCI Works will be applying for additional grants to address workforce issues and local business needs.

NCI Works was recently recertified by the state of Illinois as the local workforce board. Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, recertification of local boards is required every two years.