The Philadelphia WIN Job Center is one of 15 across the state targeted for closure on June 21, the state Department of Employment Security announced last week.

The cuts are part of across-the-board federal budget reductions that went into effect on March 1. WIN centers are funded by the U. S. Department of Labor.

"Despite these reductions in funding, MDES will continue to help Mississippians get good jobs and businesses find qualified workers," Mark Henry, MDES Executive Director, said.

"After June 21, people and employers in Neshoba County can visit the WIN Job Centers in Carthage and Louisville."

David Vowell, president of the Community Development Partnership, said Tuesday that an effort is underway to keep the WIN Center open.

The Board of Directors of the Neshoba Business Enterprise met Thursday and submitted a proposal to MDES offering space in the incubator rent free for the WIN Center, Vowell said.

He said other incentives were available in the incubator including a training center and video conferencing.

"We think it is important for those WIN Center employees and for the services that the WIN Job Center provides for all the citizens here who are hunting jobs. They also work with the community college on job training, etc. I think the board has made them a real attractive proposal."

County Administrator Benjie Coats told supervisors on Monday that the office in the incubator already has such things in place like a copier and fax machine.

He said WIN Job Centers in Carthage and many other cities are housed in county-owned facilities.

He said the incubator would be a good location for the Philadelphia WIN Center.

"Whether they go along with it is yet to be seen," Coats said.

Henry says MDES will continue to provide services to people looking for good jobs and to businesses looking for qualified workers.

Other WIN centers to close are in Bay Springs, Belzoni, Fulton, Hancock County, Hazlehurst, Marshall-Benton, Kosciusko, Prentiss, Ripley, Rolling Fork, Tunica and Yazoo City.