Mark Guilfoyle: Workforce development challenge requires effort; start with scholarship tax credits

In Northern Kentucky, and across the Commonwealth, we face a workforce development challenge that inhibits our ability to attract new business and undermines the competitiveness of existing businesses in our state. As a leader with the Kentucky Workforce Center and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, I often hear the same concern — what is the Commonwealth doing to address the record number of job...

BGADD asks for meeting with governor to ‘restore order to chaos’ around workforce, aging services

David Duttlinger answers questions after the press conference. (Photo by Judy Clabes) By Judy Clabes KyForward editor David Duttlinger, executive director, and the local elected officials who govern the Bluegrass Area Development District issued a public plea to Gov. Matt Bevin for an opportunity they’ve been requesting for several months — a face-to-face meeting to work out their differences. In...

Bluegrass ADD board resolute against sanctions that ‘plow up old ground’ about issues already resolved

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor In a specially called meeting, the Bluegrass Area Development District executive committee voted unanimously Wednesday to appeal the state’s order to repay $898,000 in “disallowed” costs for federal workforce programs from 2010-13. After hearing reports from attorneys John Gay and Jeff Walther about options related to next steps, the board also authorized BGADD’s...

Work Ready Communities are, indeed, work ready as emphasis falls on skilled workforce

By Terri Darr McLean KyForward news editor It wasn’t too long ago that business and industry looking to set up shop were concerned more with the “bricks and mortar” attri­butes of a community – primarily the roads needed to move materials in and ship products out. But now, in a more globally competitive economy, that focus has shifted almost solely to the human side of things. No. 1 on...

Rep. Mike Denham: Despite progress, no time for complacency in workforce development

Whenever corporate leaders scout for locations to expand or relocate their business, they consider such obvious things as infrastructure, government incentives, taxes and the cost to build.   Above all else, though, they look at the quality of the local workforce, according to annual surveys done by Site Selection magazine, a national trade publication that tracks economic development.   Fortunately,...