Central Six Alabama Works Region 4 operating under Central Six Development Council, Inc. has been as 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’s Community College System, 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-skilled 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 and was 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 facilitate through the Alabama Department of Commerce: