ROGERSVILLE — Rebecca Baker, Executive Administrative Coordinator of the Hawkins Co. Industrial Development Board, recently graduated from TVA’s Valley Workforce Institute.

The Institute, developed and sponsored by TVA Economic Development, is designed to assist economic developers in understanding and selling their workforce assets and 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 area 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

“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,” said TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley.

More than 60 persons 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 is planning future institutes. Economic development professionals located in the TVA region will receive an application if interested in applying for future classes.

The Hawkins Co. Industrial Development Board is committed to the growth of existing and future industries. It offers existing and new business/industry programs for all companies, regardless of size or scope of business.

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