Cabinet for Economic Development

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 14, 2006  
Contact Information:  Mandy Lambert, (502) 564-7670  

           FRANKFORT, KYKentucky’s workforce training programs have once again received high marks in Expansion Management magazine’s annual survey of industrial site selection consultants.  For the fourth consecutive year, Kentucky has ranked in the Top Ten, placing eighth in the magazine’s most recent issue.


Kentucky’s top ten ranking is a testament to its ability to provide companies with a well-trained, highly skilled workforce,” said Ken Krizner, managing editor of Expansion Management. “On-the-job training is no longer an option. Companies that are expanding and relocating want a workforce that is trained from the day operations begin. That type of workforce is available in Kentucky. That’s one reason why many companies considering an expansion or relocation put the commonwealth on their short list of potential sites, and why many of those companies ultimately choose Kentucky for their project.”


“The hardworking people of Kentucky possess an unbridled spirit that can literally boost a company’s bottom line, increase productivity and lower the cost of doing business,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “I’m delighted to see our success in providing first-rate workforce training programs to Kentucky’s new and expanding businesses continue to earn national praise from a respected and objective resource such as Expansion Management.” 


Highlighted in the July-August issue of Expansion Management is the Bluegrass State Skills Corporation (BSSC), which is the primary agency within the Cabinet for Economic Development whose mission is to stimulate economic development through programs of skills training to meet the needs of business and industry. 


“We work closely with employers, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and Kentucky Adult Education to train workers in everything from basic computer skills, math, and reading to problem solving, communications, and teamwork, as well as more industry-specific skills,” said Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Gene Strong.  “We recognize that no two projects are the same.  Our ability to provide the flexibility and customization that companies require sets us apart.”


In the annual survey, consultants were asked to identify states where they found the best workforce training programs while investigating potential sites for their clients.  Programs were judged in terms of financial value, ease of usage and applicability.


Expansion Management, a bimonthly magazine published by Penton Media Inc., helps educate its readers, most of whom run companies with fewer than 500 employees, about how best to evaluate and compare various communities and sites throughout the country and around the world in order to determine which will best satisfy and enhance their long-term business requirements. To see the full report, visit