NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $39,426 to Southeast Tennessee Development District in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for meeting their workforce development performance goals .
"I am pleased to award this grant to the Southeast Tennessee Development District to assist employers and jobseekers in Southeast Tennessee," said Governor Bredesen. "Our ability to match the needs of employers and employees is key to our work to continue to strengthen and grow Tennessee’s economy."
"I appreciate Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley awarding the incentive grant to benefit these counties," said Senator Ward Crutchfield. "This will help keep area workers employed and help improve our economy."
"I commend the state for awarding this grant to benefit the counties served by Southeast Tennessee Development District,” said Representative Tommie Brown.
"I am proud to award this grant money to this area," said Commissioner Neeley. "The counties the Southeast Tennessee Development District serve will benefit greatly from this incentive grant. It will help employers find the right workers and jobseekers in finding the right job."
Each year the state is measured on how they meet or exceed negotiated performance goals that include placing program participants in employment, assisting participants in retaining their jobs and improving their earning capacity. In turn, the state rewards local programs that contribute to the overall success of the state. This year, Tennessee ranked third in the nation in regards to federal incentive awards for this program.
The Southeast Tennessee Development District administers one of 13 local workforce investment areas and provides workforce development and career services to the citizens of Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, McMinn, Marion, Meigs, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie Counties.
“We are honored to accept this grant to help the employers and workers we serve,” said the Southeast Tennessee Development District Workforce Investment Act Director Wanza Lee. “Our appreciation goes to Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley for their continued support of our agency.”