WICHITA FALLS, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Today Big Blue in downtown Wichita Falls announced they will be opening the doors to Work Force Solutions North Texas.
This year the state agency will be moving all its resources from across the city into one centralized downtown location.
The change is a result of state legislation. Texas officials require that the state's Vocational Rehabilitation program be under the Texas Workforce Commission.
Vocational rehabilitation services in Wichita Falls will now operate with Work Force Solutions of North Texas.
The transition has created a larger team of employees in need of more space.
The Executive Director of Workforce Solutions North Texas Mona Statser stated, "We had to procure a larger space for all of us to move into."
The Workforce Solutions board office, workforce and childcare centers, and vocational rehabilitation services will be located throughout four floors in Big Blue.
Office spaces are still being refurbished with new carpet, fresh paint, and new doors.
Workforce Solutions hopes to have more conference rooms and computer labs.
Mayor Stephen Santellana feels the move is great for downtown. He stated, "Anything that is going for downtown development is good for the city's strategic plan. Big Blue is full of life right now and is really an iconic building. Maybe it will spark more downtown development in the near future."
Not only will the Big Blue offer more space, but it will be more convenient for employees and the people they serve.
"Whatever office they come into first then we would refer people to the services that they require and it's just a lot easier to go up an elevator instead of across town or however far it is", Statser said.
Big Blue is located just down the street from the Wichita Falls Travel Center, which will also make it easier for customers to coordinate bus schedules.
Statser said that the board office will be moving to Big Blue by the end of August. Other departments such as the workforce center, childcare center, and vocational services will be moved later this year.