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MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
CONTACT: MARTHA DEACON
June 3, 2004
(615) 741-2257 (OFFICE)
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BREDESEN KICKS OFF WORKFORCE PARTNERSHIP CONFERENCE

Conference focuses on Education, Employment and Economic Development

NASHVILLE - Governor Phil Bredesen and some of his Jobs Cabinet members attended a one-day conference today to showcase innovative practices, partnerships and programs in education, employment and economic development across the state.

The conference, held at the Vanderbilt Stadium Club in Nashville, focused on the lessons learned from the community visits by the Governor's Jobs Cabinet and models that are being developed for community success. As part of the event, many of Tennessee's Local Workforce Investment areas were recognized for their outstanding achievements and continued efforts toward building and maintaining a strong workforce and creating a demand-driven workforce system.

"Having the opportunity to meet with individual communities to hear different perspectives on what's working, what's not working, and what the local leaders see as their community's priority economic issues has been essential to the Jobs Cabinet's success," said Governor Bredesen. "We've found these meetings to be helpful in assessing a community's assets and areas of needed improvement, and as a good way to assure communities we're really working together on jobs issues."

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development organized the conference with funding by the U.S. Department of Labor.

"We hope to walk away from this conference with solid ideas to attract and retain better-paying, higher skilled jobs for Tennessee," said Labor Commissioner James Neeley. "We hope to provide local areas the opportunity to learn about economic and workforce development strategies that can be used on the local level."

Those speaking at today's event included Education Commissioner Lana Seivers, Deputy Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Mike Kopp, Tennessee Higher Education Commission Executive Director Rich Rhoda and directors from several local workforce investment areas.

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