Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
KWIB to gather feedback on regional and local area designation

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, January 28, 2015  
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 28, 2015) –  The Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB) is in the process of developing a recommendation for Gov. Steve Beshear regarding the designation and/or re-designation of regions and local workforce areas as required in the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This is one of many actions that will be taken as the new law, which becomes effective July 1, 2015, is implemented.

 

Over a period of time, the WIOA Steering Committee has met to prepare options regarding the designation and/or re-designation. As this process continues, the KWIB will host three stakeholder sessions in Hopkinsville, Frankfort and Hazard to gather feedback from across the state. 

 

The stakeholder sessions have been designed to publically review the initial options and the process used to develop them and gather feedback from key partners and customers of the public workforce system. The options can be reviewed at http://kwib.ky.gov/wioa_planning.htm via the Community Stakeholders Open Session (Meeting Materials) link. All meetings listed below are scheduled on local time.

 

Feb. 3, 2015:  Hopkinsville

Location:    James E. Bruce Convention Center

                    303 Conference Center Drive, Hopkinsville

 

Link to map and directions:  www.bruceconventioncenter.com/contact-us/map-directions/.

 

Schedule of meetings for Feb. 3

·       9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Local Elected Officials Special Session

·       12:30 - 2:30 p.m., Local WIB Members Special Session

·       3 – 5 p.m., Community Stakeholders Open Session

 

Feb. 4, 2015:  Frankfort

 

Location:   Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

                   200 Mero St., Frankfort

 

Link to Cabinet homepage: http://transportation.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx. From there, click on “Map it” link.

 

Schedule of meetings for Feb. 4

·       9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Local Elected Officials Special Session

·       12:30 - 2:30 p.m., Local WIB Members Special Session

·       3 – 5 p.m., Community Stakeholders Open Session

 

Feb. 6, 2015:  Hazard

 

Location:  Hazard Community and Technical College

                  1 Community College Drive, Hazard

 

Link to college location page: http://hazard.kctcs.edu/About_HCTC/Maps_and_Directions.aspx. From there, click on the Hazard Campus link.

 

Schedule of meetings for Feb. 6

·       9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Local Elected Officials Special Session

·       12:30 - 2:30 p.m., Local WIB Members Special Session

·       3 – 5 p.m., Community Stakeholders Open Session

 

The feedback gathered in these sessions and other public comment processes will be taken into consideration in finalizing any recommendations. WIOA implementation planning materials can be reviewed at http://kwib.ky.gov/wioa_planning.htm. Specific materials related to the process and stakeholder listening sessions are labeled Stakeholder Input and Engagement.

 

Anyone unable to attend one of the listening sessions may send comments through Feb. 6, 2015. Comments may be sent in writing to the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, 500 Mero Street, 3rd floor Capital Plaza Tower, Frankfort, KY 40601 or via e-mail to wioadesingationcomments@ky.gov.

 

If any reasonable accommodations for a disability are required for participation at a listening session, please call 1-502-564-0372 by Jan. 30, 2015.

 

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The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet coordinates learning programs from P-16 and manages and supports training and employment functions in the Department of Workforce Investment. For more information, go to www.educationcabinet.ky.gov. Follow the cabinet on Twitter @KyEdWorkforce