Workforce Development in South Central Kentucky
In 2013, the Chamber released the Urgent Call to Action Study which noted that in manufacturing alone, South Central Kentucky will have 4,500 open positions by 2016, representing $3 billion in gross domestic product in the 10 county South Central Kentucky region. The job openings will double to 9,000 by 2020. At the same time, Bowling Green’s economy continues to grow with 14 announcements in 2015 alone, bringing a total capital investment of $824,257,235 and the creation of 813 new jobs. In order to support that growth, South Central Kentucky must have a strong talent pipeline.
In response, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce is implementing several initiatives to ensure that pipeline is in place for our businesses. From a $1.4 million private sector investment for The Leader in Me in our schools to the development of career academies in our high schools to the development of a Preferred Employer Network that ensures companies receive candidates that possess desired credentials, the Chamber offers a full slate of solutions ensure that our companies have the talent they need.
The Chamber is also increasing outreach outside our region to attract the highest quality candidates for our businesses. Thanks to the efforts of Speaker Pro Tem Jody Richards, the Chamber has developed a partnership with the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) to bring workers affected by the downturn in the coal economy to work in South Central Kentucky.
For more information on the Urgent Call to Action and what the Chamber's focus on workforce development means to you, click here.
For more information on the various workforce development initiatives in South Central Kentucky, click here.