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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
SEPTEMBER 9, 2008
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GOVERNOR AWARDS WASHINGTON COUNTY COMPANY JOB TRAINING GRANT
mountain STATE HEALTH ALLIANCE AWARDED $25,000

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $25,000 to Mountain State Health Alliance in Johnson City, Tenn. Incumbent Worker Training grants assist existing employers with training needs associated with skills upgrades for their employees. Over the past three years, Incumbent Worker Training grants have totaled more than $5.7 million to assist more than 22,000 employees.

"Job training to upgrade the skills of Tennessee’s workers is one of the best things we can do for our economy," said Governor Bredesen.   "Now more than ever, it is important to continue training our workforce to keep employees and companies nationally and globally competitive."

"The Incumbent Worker Grants help companies invest in the future of their workers," said Commissioner Neeley.  "I am pleased to award this grant to Mountain State Health Alliance."

“The Incumbent Worker Grants are a good tool to keep employers and workers up to date on the latest skills training,” said Representative Dale Ford.

“I commend Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley for awarding this grant in Washington County,” said Senator Rusty Crowe.

The Alliance for Business and Training played a key role in awarding the grant to Mountain State Health Alliance.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development administers the Incumbent Worker Training program. The following criteria must be met to qualify for the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Employers must be in 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.

Representative Matthew Hill also represents Washington County.

 
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