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Tompkins Workforce New York provides a convenient, one-stop shopping approach for accessing employment-related services for businesses, workers, and jobseekers in Tompkins County.  Our full-service Workforce New York Career Center is located in downtown Ithaca in Center Ithaca on The Commons. Our Center provides an open, friendly, and professional atmosphere with trained staff ready to assist jobseekers and employers.

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What's New:

The Tompkins County Workforce Development Board (TCWDB) is issuing a Request for Qualifications to gather information on organizations that may be interested in becoming the One-Stop System Operator/Coordinator for the Tompkins County Workforce Development System for the period of July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2021.

Proposals are due Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

Organizations wishing to receive the program specifications are asked to visit the Tompkins County Purchasing website:

JOIN US Successful Entrepreneurship - Wednesday, September 14th, 12-2pm - Tompkins County Public Library, Borg Warner Room

Tompkins Workforce New York (TWFNY) and Alternatives Federal Credit Union (AFCU) are teaming up to spotlight local entrepreneurs and the successes, challenges and resources that have led them to realize their dreams.

Hear from local entrepreneurs about the challenges and successes they’ve experienced, as well as the resources they have utilized, in the development of their businesses. Panelists are varied in experience, age, gender, and ethnicity, as well as represent a mix of sectors and size of company / organization. Specific attention will be given to individual stories and how entrepreneurs financed their businesses.

Click Here to Learn More About the Panelists

JOIN US for a 3-part series on “Tackling the Challenges of the Labor Shortage in Tompkins CountyIn 2011, the unemployment rate was 5.7% and we had 4,012 active job seekers exploring jobs in Tompkins County. In 2016, the rate is 3.2% with only 1,270 active job seekers. Five years ago, businesses had large numbers of applicants for openings. We are hearing from businesses that they are now struggling to find talent with the right skills, educational backgrounds, credentials and experiences. Although we continue to align business talent needs with training strategies and local training providers when possible, there are still individuals struggling with unemployment and businesses struggling to find the right talent.

Only 47% of our employee base lives in Tompkins County. Large numbers of our workforce live outside of Tompkins County and commute here to work every day. As more pre-retirees actually retire and the baby-boomer generation leaves the labor force, the challenge will deepen for businesses and organizations will struggle to find replacement talent.

This series is designed to stimulate conversations, share research and data
and take a hard look at solutions that need to be considered now.

Click here for additional information.

Session 1 Presentation - May 10, 2016

Session 2 Presentation - June 7, 2016

Session 3 Prep Documents

This is Why Finding Talent Is Getting Tougher in 2016

SHRM - The New Talent Landscape - Recruiting Difficulty and Skills Shortages Landscape


Are you interested in a job in construction, but have little or no previous construction experience?  The Skilled Trades Diversity Council is offering a 10-week Pre-Construction Preparedness Course for individuals 18 years or older.  To learn more click here!


Veterans Come First! Tompkins Workforce New York offers Priority of Service to veterans and their eligible spouses.

What does this mean? If you served in the military, you will be:

  • Served first by the next available staff member.
  • Given first priority for jobs and training referrals for which you are eligible and qualified.

Additional information is available at:


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