Central Six AlabamaWorks! Region 4 operating under Central Six Development Council, Inc. has been a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization since February of 2013. Prior to becoming a recognized nonprofit, Central Six was under the fiscal administration of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. Central Six is a regional funding collaborative that includes the State of Alabama, philanthropic organizations, local business and industry, Alabama Community College System, the K-12 System, training providers, and local municipal governments. The vision shared with these partners is to create a 21st Century workforce that is proactive, responsive, and results driven, and supports the region’s diverse population and employers, providing quality job opportunities in support of a vibrant regional economy. The collaboration is committed to creating and aligning clear career advancement pathways so that all workers may progress along a continuum from low-wage, low-skill, into higher-wage, higher-skill positions. This requires increasing the capacity of the workforce development system as well as pushing for policy changes that will ensure the success and sustainability of these efforts.

Central Six began as a task force with the oversight of the Birmingham Business Alliance in response to the governor of Alabama’s executive order to implement 10 regional workforce councils across the state, in 2006. Central Six has evolved into a nonprofit organization that proactively works to carry out the goals and objectives of the Alabama Regional Workforce Council – Region 4 as facilitated through the Alabama Department of Commerce:

The Mission

The mission of Central Six is to create a 21st Century workforce that is proactive, responsive, and results driven; supports the region’s diverse population and employers; and, provides quality job opportunities in support of a vibrant regional economy.

The shared goal is for Central Six to utilize an industry partnership (cluster model) approach to form, support, and strengthen partnerships between business and industry and education, and push for policy changes relevant to these goals. Industry partners will work with industry coordinators to identify career pathways for that industry, discover gaps currently existing in that pathway, work with education and other providers to fill gaps, and maintain a complete pipeline. Having a clear pathway with no gaps and coordinators dedicated to maintaining that pipeline will lead to increased employment success, adequate training, and opportunities for retraining and advancement within the career pathway.


Central Six Board of Directors & Staff

Our Leadership

Waymond Jackson, Chairman
Vice President of Workforce Development
Birmingham Business Alliance

Jason Roberts, Vice-Chairman
Project Manager
St. Clair County Economic Development Council

John Beard, Treasurer
Chairman and President
Alacare Home Health and Hospice

Lesley McClure, Secretary
Vice President and Regional Executive
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta-Birmingham Branch

Meredith Smith, Grants Chair
Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC

Charles Ball
Executive Director
Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham

Ralph Williams
Governmental and Community Affairs Manager Birmingham Division
Alabama Power

Ronnelle Stewart
Chief Human Resources Officer
Brookwood Medical Center

Mittie Cannon, PhD
Workforce Manager
Amec Foster Wheeler

Antiqua Cleggett
Executive Director

Kristen O’Keefe
Industry Cluster Coordinator

Edie Gibson
Workforce Programs Coordinator

Sandra Sporman
AWARE Coordinator/Positive Maturity, Inc.

Our Partners

National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS)

Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Birmingham Business Alliance

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta – Birmingham Branch

Alabama Technology Network

Jefferson State Community College

Lawson State Community College

Associated Builders and Contractors of Alabama

Jefferson County Workforce Investment Agency

Bevill State Community College – Jasper and Sumiton Campuses

Wallace State Community College – Oneonta Campus