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Governor Awards Madison Co. Company Job Training Grant

Friday, June 07, 2013 | 05:05am


NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips have awarded $25,000 to Pinnacle Foods Group, LLC in Jackson.

“If Tennessee is going to become the number one location in the Southeast for high-quality jobs, then we must offer a well-trained workforce to employers,” said Governor Haslam. “This kind of training grant not only helps educate workers, but also provides incentive to employers looking to relocate or expand in Tennessee.”

“Incumbent Worker Grants assist in both job creation and retention for Tennesseans,” said Commissioner Phillips.  “Since the program’s inception, Incumbent Worker Training grants have assisted more than 600 businesses by providing $14 million to train approximately 50,000 employees.”

In their application for the grant, Pinnacle Foods Group, LLC stated this grant will give employees the tools to directly impact the future state of their department, and the business and training will result in higher volumes at a lower cost and add stability to the workforce.

“I would like to thank Governor Haslam and Commissioner Phillips for their involvement in awardingthis grant to the workers of Madison County,” said Senator Lowe Finney. 

“By investing in the skills of Tennessee’s workforce, we’re also investing in our future economic success,” said Representative Johnny Shaw.

The Southwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency played a key role in awarding the grant to Pinnacle Foods Group, LLC.

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 criteriamust be met to qualify for the Incumbent Worker Training Program. Employersmust 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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