Friday, October 19, 2007 Expands to Henderson and Northwest Kentucky

Economic development officials in Owensboro and Northwest Kentucky have announced a partnership that would expand the Owensboro Works database into Henderson, Union, McLean, and Webster counties. Owensboro is a web-based regional talent pool of more than 5,500 potential employees organized in an interactive, user-friendly database. The expansion to Northwest Kentucky will mean that the talent in the database will be more reflective of the labor market area of the overall region.

The agreement between the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corp. and Northwest Kentucky Forward, the regional economic development agency based in Henderson, will create two points of access into the same database of potential employees— and offers existing businesses, relocating companies, and small start-ups access to the region’s human capital. It is a unique tool to assist employers, job seekers, and economic development officials to build the workforce of the future. promotes continuing education using the nationally acclaimed ACT Work Keys test to assess skills and knowledge. All job seekers that register must have either Work Keys scores or a minimum of a two-year degree.

Businesses Benefit from by

  • using the database as a workforce identification and placement tool saving time and money in searching for regional talent

  • customizing their searches from the database to meet specific criteria to fill vacancies

  • listing trainings which may be tailored to their needs and offered on site at their place of business. is a collaborative effort, funded by the Daviess County Fiscal Court and the City of Owensboro and administered by the Owensboro Community and Technical College and the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation.

Northwest Kentucky Forward, through the Four Star Regional Industrial Park, will provide funding to the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corp. for utilization of the database.

The GO-EDC is currently working with the Green River Area Development District and the Hancock County Industrial Foundation to expand the database into other counties in the GRADD area.

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