During the economic downturn of 2008, many of us have heard terms like outsourcing accentuated and expounded upon to explain why American jobs have gone overseas to foreign competition. This is my personal story as a workforce development professional in support of a concept that was given broad and strategic support by The Department of Labor in 2010, as a way of keeping jobs in America; keeping the economic engine in America running optimally; and, most importantly, keeping Americans employed. This concept is called Layoff Aversion; and, it is in its purest form is … pro-America, and an efficient and common sensical approach in attempting to reemploy potentially laid off impacted employees with prospective or impending employment prior to the occurrence of an expected layoff.

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Curtis Wray is a United States Navy 21-year veteran, a retired enlisted and commissioned Surface Warfare Officer. He has over 21 years in the Virginia Workforce Development System with experience at the Virginia Employment Commission (1999 – 2007) in job services, unemployment insurance, and a passion for the art of Rapid Response service delivery, providing this service while at the Virginia Employment Commission (2006 – 2007 and 2017 – present); the Governor’s Office for Workforce Development 2007 – 2008; the Virginia Community College System (2008 – 2010); and, Thomas Nelson Community College (2010 – 2017).