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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
AUGUST 15, 2006
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GOVERNOR AWARDS WHITE CO. COMPANIES JOB TRAINING GRANTS
TWO COMPANIES RECEIVE A TOTAL OF $85,151

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded a total of $85,151 to two White County Companies: Genlyte Thomas LLC ($35,151) and Moeller Marine, Inc. ($50,000) for incumbent worker training. More than $3 million in Incumbent Worker Training Grants was awarded in fiscal year 2005-06 benefiting almost 15,000 Tennessee workers who retained their jobs and received skill upgrades.

“The Incumbent Worker Training Grants are essential to help Tennessee’s workers look to the future with job growth and stability,” said Governor Bredesen. “These grants will help keep these 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 companies in White County have met comprehensive criteria to qualify for this grant. 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 grants to these companies.,” said Senator Charlotte Burks. “This will help keep White County workers employed and help improve our economy.”

“Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley are working hard to keep White County workers on the job,” said Representative Charles Curtiss. “These grants are essential to the area and our economy.”

The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency played a key role in awarding the grant to the White County companies.

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 five full-time employees, 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.



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