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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
FEBRUARY 10, 2006
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GOVERNOR AWARDS LAWRENCE & LEWIS COUNTIES JOB TRAINING GRANTS
HUGHES PARKER INDUSTRIES, LLC, AND MEMCO, LLC, ARE RECIPIENTS

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $10,800 to Hughes Parker Industries, LLC, and $8,946 to MEMCO, LLC. These Incumbent Worker Training Grants are two of many to be awarded this year to help Tennessee companies avoid downsizing and keep jobs in the state. Close to $2 million in Incumbent Worker Training Grants was awarded in 2005 benefiting almost 10,000 Tennessee workers.

“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. “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 grant to Hughes Parker and MEMCO,” said Senator Doug Jackson. “This will help keep Lawrence and Lewis County workers employed and help improve our economy.”

Representative Joey Hensley also represents the area.

The South Central Tennessee Workforce Board played a key role in awarding the grant to both 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 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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