CSS Workforce New York

About Us

To create a region that is a “location of choice by employers due to a highly employable and motivated workforce committed to individual growth and skill development through life-long training and education.”

To provide a no-fee, business-driven workforce preparation system to ensure that employers have access to workers with appropriate skills.

CSS Workforce NY (CSSWFNY) is a not-for profit organization overseen by a Board of Directors with representatives from both the private and public sectors. Our workforce development organization dedicated to assisting individuals with greater employment opportunities, and therefore providing businesses with an adequate labor pool. We are committed to assisting individuals within our community as they search for career opportunities, continue their education or begin vocational training. Our services are available to businesses and job seekers of all ages. We offer a variety of programs including workshops, resume building and training opportunities. Our Youth Services Navigators are committed to serving the needs of our Emerging Workforce between the ages of 16-24.

MOU Partnership 2020/2023

Reference Documents: 
Resources can also be found on the New York State Dept. of Labor website under Local MOU Resources
12/29/2020 - Recording - https://youtu.be/1qj0hThy3u             
01/12/2021 - Recording - https://youtu.be/66ou8jg47m  
01/15/2021 - Recording - https://youtu.be/3bql7kWvM8g 

Meeting Notes: 
12/14/2020 - Meeting Notes - Click Here
12/29/2020 - Meeting Notes - Click Here
01/12/2021 - Meeting Notes - Click Here 
01/15/2021 - Meeting Notes - Click Here

Operational Plans

Bath Career Center - Effective December 2017
Hornell Career Center - Effective December 2017
Montour Falls Career Center - Effective December 2017
Elmira Career Center - Effective December 2017

Local Area Plan
The Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben Workforce New York (CSSWFNY) has approved the
Local Plan 2017-2021 with attachments on December 20, 2017.

Committee Minutes

Audit Committee Board Executive Operations & Oversight Committee Personnel Committee See File Archive

Executive Committee Meeting

August 5, 2021 8:00 am

The scheduled August 5, 2021 Executive Committee meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams.  If you would like to participate in the meeting for August 5, 2021 at 8:00 am please contact Melissa Johnson (melissa.johnson@csswfny.com) to be put on the invite list. This will ensure the best possible video/audio possible. The meeting will be recorded live and transcribed post-meeting for those interested in reviewing actions taken.

The following locations have been identified as virtual locations for viewing the meeting:

23 W. Market Street, Suite 201 Corning, NY 14830

The public has the right to attend the meeting at any of the above locations. 

Board of Directors Meeting

August 26, 2021 8:00 am

The scheduled August 26, 2021 Board meeting of CSS WFNY will be held via Microsoft Teams to comply with the social distancing requirement under the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to participate in the CSS WFNY Board meeting for August 26, 2021 at 8:00 am please contact Melissa Johnson (melissa.johnson@csswfny.com) to be put on the invite list. This will ensure the best possible video/audio possible. The meeting will be recorded live and transcribed post-meeting for those interested in reviewing actions taken.

The public has the right to attend the meeting at any of the above locations. 

CSS Workforce NY ByLaws

Click here to view the CSS Workforce ByLaws. 


Chemung Schuyler Steuben Workforce New York is a not-for profit organization overseen by a Board of Directors with representatives from both the private and public sectors.

Chief Elected Officials



Carl Blowers

Chairman Schuyler County Legislature

Scott Van Etten

Chairman Steuben County Legislature

Christopher Moss

Chemung County Executive

Executive Committee




Jack Wheeler


Southern Tier Network

Michael Mishook

Vice Chair

LaBella Associates

Jim Griffin


Executive Director of Hornell IDA

Judy McKinney Cherry



Joseph Roman


Southern Tier Economic Growth

Ernie Hartman

Workforce Representative

IBEW Union President

Board Representation




Christine Sharkey


Corning Enterprises 

Jamie Johnson

Executive Director

Steuben County IDA

Michael Mishook

Project Manager

LaBella Associates

John Rees

Alstom Transport

Human Resources Site Manager

Joseph Roman


Southern Tier Economic Growth

Ashley Colizzi

Executive Director of Human Resources 

Schuyler Hospital

James Griffin


Hornell Chamber of Commerce/Hornell IDA

Colleen Hurd

Administrator of Adult Services


Bill Caudill

Program Coordinator

Steuben County Youth Bureau

Drew Farren 

Human Resources Manager

Siemens; Dresser-Rand

Nancy Kirby Kurjakovic

Executive Director/CFO


Jack Wheeler

Steuben County Manager

Steuben County

Jack Lance

Regional Coordinator 


Elizabeth Stamp

Partner/Assistant Manager

Lakewood Vineyards

Margaret Lawrence

Director of Human Resources


Judy McKinney Cherry

Executive Director


Jeanne Eschbach

Executive Director of Workforce Education/Academic Pathways

Corning Community College

Brian McCarthy

CSEA Union President

City of Corning

Stacey Carollo

DOL Supervising Labor Services Representative

NYS Department of Labor

Ernie Hartman

Business Manager

IBEW Union President

Kelly Long

Human Resource Manager

Hilliard Corporation

Lindsay Mills


John Mills Electric

AJ Kircher



Joshua Michal

Human Resource Manager


Bruce Boughton

Branch Manager, AVP

Chemung Canal Trust Company 

Ad-Hoc Members




Christian Harris

Labor Market Analyst

NYS Department of Labor

Fred Arcuri

Community Development Specialist

Corning Enterprises


In 1982-83, the federally mandated Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) was signed into law. With an emphasis on training, the JTPA monies were overseen locally by the Private Industry Council (PIC). When the JTPA funding was replaced by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, PIC evolved into the CSS Workforce New York System. Our mission now encompasses the entire system of workforce development efforts including career exploration, job-employee matching tools, training, human resource consulting, etc. In partnership with service providers, educators, employers, and others in the workforce development system, we administer the funds now available through the Workforce Investment Act of 1998.

Thanks to funding from the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, all of the services offered under the Workforce New York umbrella by our organization and our partners are offered on a no-fee basis both to employers and job seekers. As you can see we have a long history of economic development. Today, we continue to envision a Workforce New York system that responds to business needs for qualified workers based on the skills required for economic competitiveness.


Elmira, NY 14901

Corning Community College
One Academic Drive
Corning, NY 14830

459 Philo Road
Elmira, NY 14903

GST BOCES - Steuben
One Vocational Drive
Painted Post, NY 14870

NYS Department of Labor
Corning, NY - 607-937-8337
Elmira, NY - 607-733-7131
Hornell, NY - 607-324-8388

Pro Action of Yates and Steuben
117 East Steuben Street
Bath, NY 14810

Director’s Message

Daniel Porter speaks on the Workforce Developments response to COVID-19 in this Whistlepost Podcast.   Click on the link to listen to his inspiring message! 

Daniel Porter has been named the Executive Director of Chemung Schuyler Steuben Workforce New York (CSS Workforce) by its governing Board of Directors. Mr. Porter will assume his duties effective August 15, 2016.

“The Board felt that Mr. Porter’s unique and varied background will provide the type of leadership and direction that CSS Workforce needs to fully realize the potential available to Workforce Development Boards under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.” Nancy Kirby, Chairperson of the CSS Workforce Board shared. “He has broad experience in public sector workforce development both from his time with CSS Workforce previously and his leadership at another Southern Tier Workforce Development Board to the west of us. His non-profit experience also includes two other key workforce related areas - literacy and child care. Understanding how literacy and work/life challenges impact and intertwine with workforce development gives him a depth of knowledge crucial to successfully helping the residents of CSS Workforce succeed and grow in their careers.”

Mr. Porter comes most recently from the contingent staffing sector where he was focused on full life-cycle recruiting in the transit manufacturing sector in the Southern Tier of New York and across North America. Prior to his time in the staffing industry he served notably as Executive Director of the CSS Workforce New York from 2006 to 2013.

Additional highlights of his career include serving as the Executive Director of the Cattaraugus-Allegany Workforce Investment Board, Executive Director of the Literacy Volunteers of Allegany County, and Resource Services Director of the Western New York Child Care Council. A graduate of Alfred University, he and his family will reside in Hornell, NY.

“I am so happy to be able to bring my private sector learning and experience over the past three years back to CSS Workforce New York. My time in the hyper-competitive contingent staffing field will give me an added dimension when working with our Partners to design strategies and implement programming to successfully position our region in the globally competitive talent marketplace,” Mr. Porter is quoted as saying. “The challenges we face as a region require collaborative, supportive partnerships-Elected Officials at the local, State and Federal levels, the full continuum of education providers, Department of Labor, Economic Development Agencies, Organized Labor, Community Action Agencies, Youth Organizations, Libraries, Organizations serving those among us who may be experiencing particularly challenging barriers to employment, and indeed the broad range of non-profit agencies who support so many of us to meet our daily needs; this will be a total team effort. We live in one of the most beautiful areas of the globe, and have a talent pool that can complete with anyone in the world, now, it is time to forge ahead.”

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