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Ky. Gov. Matt Bevin launches $100 million effort to train skilled workers

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- A multi-million dollar initiative launched Wednesday by Gov. Matt Bevin seeks to create a trained work force ready to fill 21st century jobs.

Bevin says Kentucky has lost out on companies locating here because of a shortage of qualified workers.

“I do not meet with a company, with almost no exception, where the topic does not come up almost immediately. And that is, I've got to find good, qualified people who are skilled, who are sober, who will show up on time and have the ability to help our company grow,” said Bevin.

Now, communities can apply for part of $100 million dollars in funding to be used for work force development projects.

The governor says the goal is to create partnerships between local governments, schools and businesses to train workers for modern jobs.

Bevin says increasing the number of qualified workers is a major key to economic development.

“If we get this right, and we will get this right, because we must get this right, then the Commonwealth of Kentucky will be the manufacturing hub of excellence, the logistical hub of excellence, the service delivery hub of excellence in the United States of America,” he said.

The 2016 General Assembly approved $100 million dollars in bonds to pay for the initiative.

A nine member board will decide which projects get funded.

The board is comprised of the Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, the Secretary of the Cabinet for Economic Development, the Secretary of the Labor Cabinet, the chair of the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board, three employers nominated by the Governor, one member nominated by the Speaker of the Kentucky House and one nominated by the President of the Kentucky Senate.

Bevin says the decisions will be based on the best ideas, not politics.

For more on the initiative and how to apply, click here.

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