Grayson County is one step closer to being officially declared a Work Ready in Progress Community.
Grayson County’s Work Ready in Progress application was officially recommended to be approved by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board this past Tuesday, July 14.
Meredith said he, Leitchfield/Grayson County Industrial Development Corporation Executive Director Dudley Cooper, and Grayson County Chamber of Commerce President Greg Bernard presented Grayson County’s application for Work Ready in Progress designation on Tuesday to the review panel, whom unanimously voted to recommend it for approval by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board.
The review panel’s recommendation will be heard at the Workforce Investment Board’s next meeting on Thursday, Aug. 20, and a decision about whether to approve the application and name Grayson County an official Work Ready in Progress Community is expected to be made at that meeting.
“This is an extremely positive move,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Becky Escue of the recommendation. “We hope we get this designation from the state.”
Meredith said that after Grayson County is named a Work Ready in Progress Community, it will then have three years to either fulfill or make progress toward fulfilling the criteria to become a fully qualified Work Ready Community.
The Work Ready Community certification serves as an assurance to businesses and industry that a community is committed to providing the highly-skilled workforce required in today’s competitive global economy.
“I feel very good about where we are, and I think we’ll be successful,” said Meredith, who has already begun working on a three-year work plan to address these criteria.
“Now the work starts,” Escue said.
The Grayson County Work Ready program officials wished to express their gratitude for the community’s support.
Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.