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Workforce Center

The Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center serves as the private sector’s resource for education and workforce initiatives designed to meet Kentucky’s pressing workforce challenges and focuses on the following areas:
  • Business Leadership to represent the interests of the employer community in partnership efforts with the Governor and administration officials. The focus will be on aligning education, workforce and economic development at the policy and service-delivery levels.
  • Network Development and Support to assist employers who serve on state and local workforce boards or participate in other workforce efforts. Information sharing, peer-to-peer communications and other supportive efforts will focus on ensuring consistency and collaboration across the state.
  • Industry Collaboratives to build on the KY FAME model to bring together employers and workforce educators to define skill needs and create collaborative programs that provide sector-specific training opportunities for students and workers. (The KY FAME collaborative has gained national recognition for its focus on advanced manufacturing careers.)
  • Effectively Using Data to determine the actual impact and outcomes of workforce training and development programs.
  • Essential Skill Initiatives to address what employers identify as a critical problem with many workers – the lack of such basic personal management skills as showing up for work, communicating and getting along with colleagues and taking responsibility.
     

Beth Davisson, Executive Director

The Chamber is pleased to welcome Beth Davisson as the Workforce Center’s Executive Director. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Strategic Communication from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Business Administration from Sullivan University.

Davisson is creator and leader of “Bridging the Talent Gap,” a workforce development program designed to identify talent gaps in the Louisville community; serves on the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) state council; and received the KYSHRM Lyle Hannah Spirit Award for 2016. She also has been recognized by Business First (“Top Business Leaders under 40” in 2016 and “Top 20 People to Know in Human Resources” in 2014).

“Workforce will remain a key issue all across Kentucky and the nation for the foreseeable future, and who better to lead this conversation than Kentucky's business community?” Davisson said. “Businesses throughout the Commonwealth are unable to grow without the right talent in place, and the Kentucky Chamber’s new Workforce Center demonstrates our dedication to preparing Kentucky’s workforce and to building a thriving economy.”

Contact Beth at 502-848-8791 or bdavisson@kychamber.com.