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Posted on: November 2, 2015

Green County to Receive Work Ready in Progress Designation

Local officials found out last week that its application for Greensburg and Green County to become a Work Ready Community in Progress is approved and the status will be officially awarded Nov. 19.

Although the city piloted the campaign, the designation is awarded at the county level and will allow state economic officials to better promote the community to business and industry prospects. In three years, if the community surpasses the minimum requirements it can be designated a full Work Ready Community. “It’s a stringent set of criteria but it is something that makes our community competitive not only on the state level, but on a global scale,” said Greensburg Community Development Coordinator Ivy Stanley.

Work began on the application in August 2014 and involved many members of the community. In a meeting in Versailles Oct. 13 city officials learned the application had been improved, “One of a community’s most valuable assets for attracting new business and industry is being able to prove that your workforce is capable,” Stanley said. “How do we motivate our working age adults to value things that business and industry can benefit from coming here?” Stanley said the Cabinet for Economic Development uses Work Ready designation as a way to separate communities when a business comes looking for a new site at which to locate. “If a community is designated Work Ready or Work Ready in Progress they get moved higher on the list of potential locations because they have taken the time to ensure their workforce is willing and able,” Stanley said. “However, there are no guarantees in economic development.” Currently there are 18 certified Work Ready Communities in the state and 40 In Progress. Those numbers will change next month as communities receive new designations. “There is a lot of work involved in this and it will at least allow you to get your foot in the door,” said Green County Judge-Executive John Frank.

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