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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
JULY 19, 2007
(615) 741-2257

GOVERNOR AWARDS LINCOLN COUNTY JOB TRAINING GRANT
FRITO-LAY INC. AWARDED $45,103

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $45,103 to Frito-Lay Inc. in Lincoln County, Tenn.  Incumbent Worker Training grants assist existing employers with training needs and averting possible layoffs.  Over the past three years, Incumbent Worker Training grants have totaled more than $5.9 million to assist more than 24,000 employees.

"It is vital for Tennessee employers to continually train and upgrade the skills of their workers for our state to remain economically competitive," said Governor Phil Bredesen. "Tennessee businesses can use the Incumbent Worker Grants to retrain their existing employees in order to make their businesses more productive and the skills of their employees more valuable."

“I am proud to award this grant money to keep area workers on the job,” said Commissioner Neeley.  “Not only will this company benefit from the grant, but the surrounding communities of Lincoln County will benefit as well."

“I am pleased Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley have awarded the Incumbent Worker grant to Frito-Lay Inc.,” said Representative Curt Cobb “This will help keep Lincoln County workers employed and help improve our economy.”

“I commend the state for awarding this grant to Frito-Lay,” said Representative George Fraley

Workforce Connections played a key role in awarding the grant to Frito-Lay Inc.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the Incumbent Worker Training program.

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