Gov. Beshear announces newest ‘Kentucky Work Ready Communities’


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The state says seven counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities. The list includes Boyd, Carlisle, Greenup, Marshall, McCracken, Union and Washington counties. In addition, the state says Caldwell, Fulton, Green and Harrison counties have reached the Kentucky Work Ready Communities in Progress level.

Governor Steve Beshear says, “I am excited to announce that with these new certifications, 64 counties have achieved certification by the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (KWIB) and all 120 counties have been engaged in the program.”

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According to the state, “The Kentucky Work Ready Communities certification program from KWIB and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet assures employers that a local workforce has the talent and skills necessary to staff existing jobs and to master the innovative technologies new jobs will require.”

“This administration is committed to maintaining our state’s competitiveness, and if Kentucky is to compete for 21st Century jobs and attract business and industry, we must continue to show employers locations that have completed rigorous requirements and are a cut above other communities nationally when it comes to developing a skilled labor force,” Gov. Beshear said. “Much of our emphasis over the last seven years has been on creating a stronger, healthier and more educated population, in essence building our human capital. I congratulate these counties for partnering with us to strengthen Kentucky.”

For more information about the program, click here.