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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
FEBRUARY 11, 2008
(615) 741-2257


GOVERNOR AWARDS TRAINING GRANT TO SCOTT COUNTY EMPLOYER
$21,365 FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF ONEIDA

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $21,365 to First National Bank of Oneida. The grant will pay for training in managerial and special computer skills for 28 employees.  First National Bank projects the training will grow the operation and make the company more competitive.

“I am pleased these funds will be used for technical skills training in Scott County,” said Governor Bredesen.  “These grants provide training employees need to remain competitive and help our state move forward with providing skilled workers and high paying jobs.”

“I am proud to award this grant money to help train workers in Scott County,” said Commissioner Neeley.  “Since July 1, 2007, the Workforce Development Division has obligated $1.5 million to Tennessee companies in Incumbent Worker projects, training more than 5,000 workers.”

“I commend the Governor and Commissioner for helping Tennessee companies with training grants,” said Senator Tommy Kilby.  “The Incumbent Worker grants are an integral part of the Governor’s special emphasis on job development in our state.”

“The Incumbent Worker grants keep companies competitive and profitable,” said Representative Leslie Winningham.  “I applaud the Governor for awarding this grant to this Scott County employer and helping to improve our economy.”

The East Tennessee Human Resource Agency was instrumental in awarding the grant to First National Bank of Oneida.


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