NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $57,175 to the South Central Tennessee Workforce Board in Columbia, Tennessee, for meeting their workforce development performance goals .
"I am pleased to award this grant to the South Central Tennessee Workforce Board to assist employers and jobseekers in South Central Tennessee," said Governor Bredesen. "Our ability to match the needs of employers and employees is key to our work to continue to strengthen and grow Tennessee’s economy."
Each year the state is measured on how they meet or exceed negotiated performance goals that include placing program participants in employment, assisting participants in retaining their jobs and improving their earning capacity. In turn, the state rewards local programs that contribute to the overall success of the state. This year, Tennessee ranked third in the nation in regards to federal incentive awards for this program.
The South Central Tennessee Workforce Board administers one of 13 local workforce investment areas and provides workforce development and career services to the citizens of Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, Maury, Perry and Wayne Counties.
"I am proud to award this grant money to this area," said Commissioner Neeley. "The counties served will benefit greatly from this incentive grant. It will help employers find the right workers and jobseekers in finding the right job."
"I am grateful Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley have awarded the incentive grant to benefit these counties," said Senator Bill Ketron. "This will help keep area workers employed and help improve our economy."
"I commend the state for awarding this grant to benefit the counties served by the South Central Tennessee Workforce Board,” said Representative Tom Dubois.
“We are honored to accept this grant to help the employers and workers we serve,” said South Central Tennessee Workforce Board Executive Director, Jan McKeel. “Our appreciation goes to Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley for their continued support of our agency.”