I invite you to explore our Man-Tra-Con Corporation website and learn more about our mission and current projects. At Man-Tra-Con, we support the economic health of southern Illinois by providing services designed to build a quality workforce. We devote special effort to identifying the needs of local employers so that we can provide the quality workers each needs. With guidance from our Chief Local Elected Officials and the Southern Illinois Workforce Development Board (SIWDB), we work to improve the quality of life for all the customers we serve.
Man-Tra-Con's primary mission is to collaborate effectively with our workforce partners to create quality workforce solutions throughout Local Workforce Area 25, comprised of Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry and Williamson counties. In addition, Man-Tra-Con collaborates with innovative partners in economic development, healthcare, community and social service and education to create unique solutions to the workforce challenges we face. A strong example of the power of collaboration is found in the work of the Transition Team created in response to two major plant closures in our workforce area, Maytag/Whirlpool and Technical Universal Media Services. The Transition Team received the State of Illinois Workforce Development Innovative Solutions Award in October 2007. The Herrin Chamber of Commerce named Man-Tra-Con the Citizen of the Year in 2007 and the Greater Egypt Planning Commission presented Man-Tra-Con the Meritorious Service Award in December 2007. It is critical to note that Man-Tra-Con played a facilitation role but over 60 members and the organizations they represent created the opportunities and solutions for our dislocated workers. It is a privilege to serve the region and to work with passionate leaders committed to a brighter future in beautiful southern Illinois.
Thank you for your interest. If you would like to be a part of the exciting work we do, suggest potential collaborations or opportunities for improvement, please contact us, we will listen.
— Kathy Lively, Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Kathy Lively holds a Masters Degree in Workforce Education and Development. She began her work in Adult Basic Education culminating as Associate Dean of Adult Basic and Secondary Education at John A. Logan College. Ms. Lively is CEO of Man-Tra-Con Corporation, Past President of the Illinois Workforce Partnership (IWP), participates on the Regional Economic Development Corporation, Greater Egypt Planning and Development Commission, and Jefferson County Development Corporation boards. Kathy has served as Executive Director of the ConnectSI 20-county economic development initiative focused on Broadband deployment in rural southern Illinois. Kathy also served as the Illinois delegate to the Delta Regional Authority Leadership Network. Lively serves as staff to the Southern Illinois Workforce Development Board collaborating with multiple state agencies and economic development partners. Lively currently leads a 19-county Apprenticeship Expansion grant with a team of partners from southern Illinois.
Recognitions include: the Southern Business Journal's "Women in the Know" in June 2017; Southern Illinois University's "Inspiring Women of Achievement Award" in 2008; the Southern Business Journal's "Leader Among Us" in 2006; and the 2007 Governor's Workforce Conference Individual Leadership Award for her contributions to workforce/economic development.