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Hawkins IDB's Baker graduates from TVA’s Valley Workforce Institute

STAFF REPORT • Apr 22, 2019 at 4:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE —  Hawkins County Industrial Development Board Coordinator Rebecca Baker recently graduated from the Tennessee Valley Association’s Valley Workforce Institute.

The Valley Workforce Institute, developed and sponsored by TVA Economic Development, is designed to assist economic developers in understanding and selling their workforce assets and to address talent pipeline challenges in today’s economy.

The program is offered to community economic development professionals in the TVA service area to help foster long-term success.

Four one-day sessions were conducted by leading regional experts. The training included focused skills development in the following major areas:

* Workforce Data Analysis and Application

* Identifying and Addressing Labor Force Challenges and Opportunities

* Developing Creative Labor Force Solutions

* Crafting a Comprehensive Workforce Story

TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said, “A community’s ability to compete, gain jobs, and attract economic investments depends on local leaders being prepared, having product available, and understanding its workforce story to differentiate their community’s unique strengths.”

More than 60 individuals have participated in the program since it began in 2016.

“With the unemployment rate at an all-time low and as industry growth rises for Hawkins County, workforce development must be a priority,” Baker said. “To have successful companies, you must have a strong workforce. We are committed to having an excellent workforce for our existing and future companies.”

Based on the success and responses from this and previous classes, TVA Economic Development is planning future institutes.

Economic development professionals located in the TVA region will receive an application if they’re interested in taking classes.