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Melinda Paninski

Specialist for Workforce Allinaces

Texas Division of Rehabilitative Services


Business Engagement Model

Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies have developed different structures for business engagement (BE) activities. We understand there is rarely a completely rigid structure for business engagement activities. The BE structure that most closely describes how your agency has organized BE activities.

Regional Business Relations Model: BE is primarily the responsibility of dedicated business specialists located throughout the state.

Description of other BE model.

Some states may be in the process of moving from one BE model or structure to a different one, or the BE model is being developed. Currently undergoing a significant change in your approach to business engagement?


Description of transition of BE models or structure.

WIOA Partnership Activities

Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Activities that are part of your WIOA partnership approach relative to BE.

We connect with businesses as a WIOA employment (or other) team.

We share office space with our WIOA partners

Other - please describe

Description of your other WIOA partnership approach.

we are in the process of developing a shared database system with our other WIOA partners through the states labor exchange system. ETA is July of next year.

WIOA Partner Agreements

Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Is only one state agency the lead for BE?


Is the VR agency (either general, combined, or blindness) the designated lead agency?

If the VR agency is not the designated lead, what WIOA agency is the lead agency for BE?

Description of your unique approach or structure.

Additional information about how your agency is structuring BE as a part of the WIOA partnership.

We are not undergoing a major change in our BE system, but we are looking at ways to better serve businesses as WIOA partners. While we are all part of the same agency, Texas Workforce Solutions, our WF Center staff serving businesses in the board areas are contractor staff. This requires our business delivery system to look a little different based on the board area, but the goals are the same.

BE Data Collection Strategy

Last Updated: 8/31/2018

Primary method for collecting and storing information about your BE activities.

Proprietary software (for example, SalesForce)

Description of BE data collection strategy.

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