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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
JULY 5, 2007
(615) 741-2257

 

GOVERNOR AWARDS INCENTIVE GRANT TO
WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS

AREA GETS $22,592 FOR MEETING PERFORMANCE GOALS

NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $22,592 to Workforce Connections in Knoxville, Tennessee, for meeting their workforce development performance goals .

"I am pleased to award this grant to Workforce Connections to assist employers and jobseekers in East 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 am proud to award this grant money to this area," said Commissioner Neeley. " Knox County will benefit greatly from this incentive grant. It will help employers find the right workers and jobseekers in finding the right job."

"I am pleased Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley have awarded the incentive grant to benefit Knox County," said Senator Tim Burchett. "This will help keep area workers employed and help improve our economy."

“I know this grant will benefit the businesses in all of these counties,” said Representative Harry Tindell. “The incentive grant is well deserved by Workforce Connections.

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.

Workforce Connections administers one of 13 local workforce investment areas and provides workforce development and career services to the citizens of Knox County.

“We are honored to accept this grant to help the employers and workers we serve,” said Workforce Connections, Workforce Investment Act Director Vaughn Smith. “Our appreciation goes to Governor Bredesen and Commissioner Neeley for their continued support of our agency.”

 

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