MARCH 18, 2008
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Governor Awards Stewart CoUNTY Company
Job Training Grant


NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $10,800 to Dover Dental Clinic, in Dover, Tenn. to train four employees in restorative dentistry.

 “I am pleased to award this grant for skills training,” said Governor Bredesen. “These funds help companies provide the training they need to remain competitive and move Tennessee forward in providing more skilled workers and higher paying jobs.”

Over the past five years the Incumbent Worker Training grants have totaled more than $8.1 million, benefiting 314 companies across Tennessee. As a result of those grants, 31,998 workers have been trained.

"The Incumbent Worker Training Program provides grant funding for customized training for existing businesses," said Commissioner Neeley. "I am proud to award this grant money for the workers of Stewart County.”

“I commend Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley for awarding the Incumbent Worker grant to Dover Dental,” said Senator Roy Herron. “This will help keep Stewart County workers employed and help improve our economy.”

“The Incumbent Worker grants keep companies competitive and profitable,” said Representative Willie “Butch” Borchert.  “I applaud the Governor for awarding this grant and helping to improve our economy.”

Workforce Essentials played a key role in awarding the grant to Dover Dental Clinic.


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 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.

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