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NOVEMBER 8, 2005
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Governor Awards Fayetteville Companies Job Training Grants
Grants Total $96,663

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $46,663 to Frito-Lay Inc. and $50,000 to Goodman Company L.P., both of Fayetteville. These Incumbent Worker Training Grants are two of many to be awarded this year to help Tennessee companies avoid downsizing and keep jobs in the state.

“The Incumbent Worker Training Grants are essential to help Tennessee’s workers look to the future with job growth and stability,” said Governor Bredesen. “Frito-Lay Inc. and Goodman Company L.P. are major employers in the Lincoln County area. This grant will help keep both companies competitive and increase the skills of their talented employees.”

"The Incumbent Worker Training Program provides grant funding for customized training for existing businesses," said Commissioner Neeley. “These two Fayetteville companies have met comprehensive criteria to qualify for these grants. I am proud to award this grant money to keep area workers on the job."

“I commend Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley for awarding the Incumbent Worker grant to Frito-Lay and Goodman,” said Representative Curt Cobb. “This will help keep Lincoln County workers employed and help improve our economy.”

“The Incumbent Worker grants are a wonderful tool for companies to train their workers in the latest technology and production skills,” said Representative George Fraley.

Senator Bill Ketron also represents Lincoln County.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the Incumbent Worker Training program. The program has been structured to be flexible to meet the business's training objectives. The business may use public, private, or its own in-house training provider based on the nature of the training.

The following criteria must be met to qualify for the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Employers must be operation in Tennessee for at least one year prior to application date. Employers must have at least one full-time employee, demonstrate financial viability and be current on all state tax obligations. Funding priority is given to businesses whose grant proposals represent a significant layoff avoidance strategy and represent a significant upgrade of skills.

Workforce Solutions also contributed in awarding the grant to Frito-Lay Inc and Goodman Company L.P.