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Sunday, August 20, 2017
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The State of the Rural South's Economy

Selling your Rural Community's Assets

Small Town's with Unique Assets

Highly touted reshoring event hits speed bump, says A.T. Kearney. Really?

Chinese investment surfacing in the South? Yes, finally.

The performance of this Southern industry sector of late has earned an official name: the "Southern Aerospace Corridor."

A success story from the Mississippi River Delta

The 50-year economic development war in the U.S. is over; the South won.

The big dogs are about to eat: Soon, the automotive industry will light up the Southern Auto Corridor again 

Kentucky: The Spirit of the South

New Build-Ready Program Making More Sites Ready-To-Go

A Perfect Partnership

Next Gen KIH Program Taking Broadband to Every Corner of the State

Digital Version

Aerospace Industry Takes Off in the American South

Launching Pad for Growth and Innovation

In "Plane" View

"The Best Airplane Built in America"

Aerospace Industry State Overviews

Petrochemicals and the Southern Manufacturing Renaissance

Non-Petrochemicals and the Southern Manufacturing Renaissance

Ten Reasons Why Manufacturing is Booming in The South

The Most Southern Place on Earth

Ensuring a resilient Delta Region by training a skilled workforce

Driving toward success in Alabama's Black Belt

Arkansas's Big River Steel has found its home in the heart of America's Delta Region

Building a healthy economy and a healthy workforce in Illinois

Innovation and collaboration are building a Work Ready Kentucky

Louisiana's industry off to a fast start

Perfected in Mississippi

Certifying Southeast Missouri and beyond

Select Tennessee sites offer competitive edge

Reshoring and its potential effect on the Mississippi River Delta region


Innovation and collaboration are building a Work Ready Kentucky

Kentucky Work Ready CommunitiesKentucky Work Ready Communities, considered one of the nation's most innovative workforce development programs, is preparing a new generation of workers for success in a global economy. Developed by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB) in 2011 with input from business, education and economic development experts, the certification program is designed to transform local economies and give counties a competitive advantage in attracting new businesses and jobs.

Kentucky was the third state to begin certifying counties as Work Ready Communities based on the quality of their labor force and has the most rigorous certification program in the nation. The program allows communities to certify the quality of their workforce and assures employers that a local workforce has the talent and skills necessary to staff existing jobs and to master the innovative technologies new jobs will require.

"We have business and industry in Kentucky that require a skilled workforce. This program provides us with a way to prove it, county by county," said Gov. Steve Beshear. "In addition, it promotes collaboration among key community stakeholders including education, economic development, elected officials, employers, workforce agencies and community organizations as they work toward common community goals."

To be designated a Kentucky Work Ready Community, counties have to meet criteria in six areas including high school graduation rate, National Career Readiness Certificate holders, community commitment, educational attainment, soft-skills development and digital literacy.

"Work Ready status shows employers and prospective employers that a county has the talented workforce that business demands – a sustainable pipeline that delivers the right workers with the right skills at the right time," said Kentucky Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes.

Communities close to meeting the criteria will be awarded the distinguished designation of Work Ready Community in Progress. To achieve this status, a county must present a viable plan to meet all of the criteria within three years. This designation demonstrates that a community is making strides and working with its community stakeholders to achieve Work Ready status.

Momentum is growing as more communities learn about the certification and how it can help them achieve a higher level of competiveness among business and industry. In addition to the 30 counties that have achieved certification as a Work Ready Community or Work Ready Community in Progress, another 40 are working on applications. Currently nine counties within the Delta Regional Authority area in Kentucky have achieved either Work Ready Community or Work Ready Community in Progress status.

"As a state, we must focus on the importance of setting workforce and economic development goals, and this program allows us to develop a framework and work together as communities toward those goals," said Education and Workforce Development Secretary Thomas O. Zawacki.

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