LAWRENCEBURG, TENN– Ryan Egly, Economic Development Director of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce recently graduated from TVA’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 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. Over 60 individuals have participated in the program since it began in 2016.
“Participating in the Valley Workforce Institute exposed me to best practices in workforce development around the Valley and around the nation,” Egly explained. “Our local economic development team will use these best practices to prepare for and host prospective businesses, more effectively evaluate local education and training opportunities, and better serve our existing industries.”
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 interested in applying for future classes.
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) a corporation owned by the U.S. government provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in seven southeastern states. Economic development is a major part of TVA’s core mission. TVA’s Economic Development services are focused on attracting targeted new industries, retaining and growing existing businesses and partnering with communities to help foster economic growth. More information is available at TVA.com.
Ryan Egly | Economic Development Director
Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
25 B Public Square, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464
o. (931) 762-4911
About the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
The Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is a network of businesses, industries, local governments, utilities, and private citizens that are committed to improving the quality of life in and around the Lawrence County, Tennessee region through economic, tourism, and workforce development. Lawrence County was named a Top 100 Micropolitan area by Site Selection Magazine in 2016 and 2017.