Rapid Response

Rapid Response is a pro-active, business-focused, and flexible strategy designed to respond to layoffs and plant closings by quickly coordinating services and providing immediate aid to companies and their affected workers. Rapid Response teams will work with employers and any employee representative(s) to quickly maximize public and private resources to minimize disruptions associated with job loss. Rapid Response can provide customized services on-site at an affected company, accommodate any work schedules, and assist companies and workers through the painful transitions associated with job loss.

Rapid Response is carried out by states and local workforce development agencies in partnership with local American Job Center. Many services, from are available through American Job Centers, from resume and interview workshops, career counseling, and job search to re-skilling, skills upgrading, and job training.


We are here to help transition your employees during a lay off or plant closure.  Orientation for your employees include: Presentations to employees on available services Reemployment prospects Information on unemployment insurance benefits, Tennessee American Job Center services, employment and training activities, and labor market information Trade Adjustment Assistance program Adult education, skills upgrading, high school equivalency preparation and testing. 

If you are looking to access skilled workers, are expecting a layoff or plant closing, or even wish to learn more about the solutions Rapid Response can provide to your business, contact the Business Services Representative for your county:

Benton, Carroll, Gibson, Henry, and Weakley Counties
Maleia Evans,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (731) 325-5836

Crockett, Dyer, Lake, and Obion Counties
Lana Wood,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (731) 882-1162


Tennessee's Rapid Response Team assists dislocated workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. Workers who lose their jobs because of permanent business closures or mass layoffs, adverse economic or trade conditions, or as a result of natural or man-made disasters can be assisted. The Rapid Response team helps employees during layoffs by providing information about retraining, job opportunities, unemployment insurance benefits as well as local, state, and federal services.

In addition to many direct services, Rapid Response on-site meetings will introduce you to many other program partners and their representatives, who often have access to further resources. Perhaps the most important of these Rapid Response partners is your local Northwest Tennessee American Job Center. The American Job Center system was designed to bring together many separate partners to seamlessly provide an array of services, from resume preparation to job search to placement to supportive services, for anyone who wishes to have access to them. Every state has an American Job Center network that is open to all residents, including those who have been laid off or expect to be laid off from their jobs.

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