The Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board is located in the beautiful coalfields of the Appalachian mountains of Southwest Virginia. The SWVA WDB represents Virginia’s Workforce Area One and encompasses the communities of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise Counties, as well as, the City of Norton. Although it is a predominantly rural area, there is significant industrial development and business presence.

The Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board is committed to helping improve the lives of people in this area, by assisting individuals in obtaining employment and furthering their career skills.


Our staff

Aleta Spicer - Executive Director Sarah Bundy - Finance Manager

(276) 883-4034 (276) 889-8145

Rachel Patton
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Tiffanie Goff -  SWVA Workforce Centers Manager

(276) 963-2660

Rachel Patton - Assistant Director / Director of Business Services

(276) 883-4036


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Amanda Helton - Administrative Manager

(276) 883-4034 

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Jason Sartin - Business Services Outreach Coordinator

 (276) 883-5043


Stephen Mullins - Business Services Small Business Coordinator

(276) 883-5038 

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Rita Perkins - Workforce Navigator, Pathways to the American Dream

(276) 883-5042

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Nick Childers - Financial Empowerment Coordinator

(276) 883-5041     

Debbie Whitt - One Stop Center Receptionist

(276) 963-2660