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Storytelling Accelerates Workforce and Economic Development June 12, 2024

Will Coppage is a creative community developer. From the main stage of the ACT Workforce Summit, Will helped us explore the concept of wonder in art and its power to draw us in repeatedly. Will shows us how this principle applies to community development, emphasizing the importance of fostering creativity, maintaining a positive community appearance, and promoting workforce skills. The episode concludes with exciting news of a storytelling event at the 2024 Workforce Summit in Atlanta.

Workforce Development Champion Award Presented to WRC Pioneer at Rutherford, TN's WRC Celebration June 06, 2024

Extending the congratulations to Rutherford County as a newly-certified Work Ready Community, local champion Beth Duffield was recognized for her commitment to building a robust talent pipeline for Middle Tennesse.  

Missouri Governor honors Schuyler County as State's 100th Work Ready Community June 04, 2024

Missouri Governor Mike Parson made a special visit to the Schuyler County R-1 School District Tuesday morning. In this news video from KTVO, Parson was in Queen City to present a certificate to honor them for achieving Work Ready Community status, something that could get these students ready for the next chapter in their lives.

Rutherford County Earns ACT Work Ready Community Designation May 31, 2024

Rutherford County has earned the official designation of an ACT Work Ready Community. This achievement spotlights a longstanding partnership between industry and education in Rutherford County to develop a highly skilled workforce, resulting in county-wide economic growth.

Registration Open for 2024 ACT Workforce Summit in Atlanta May 30, 2024

ACT's 2024 Workforce Summit happens October 2-4, 2024 in Altanta, GA. The deadline for the early-bird registration discount is July 14th. The summit will be held at the Loews Atlanta Hotel in the heart of Midtown Atlanta, with walkable access to great dining, arts, and cultural attractions.

Site Selection Magazine Announces 2024 Governors Cup May 02, 2024

Competitiveness is the point of the Prosperity Cup, according to Site Selection magazine's announcement. Criteria include activity from Site Selection's Conway Projects database, business and tax climate rankings, and an index of National Career Readiness Certificates per thousand in population (18-64)

WorkKeys-Connected High Schools Provide Fee-Waiver Opportunities for ACT Test April 26, 2024

Ecosystem leaders from Work Ready Communities that regularly engage high school students are encouraged to contact the local high school district for fee-waiver opportunities. The waivers cover the ACT test.

Genesee County Business/Education Alliance Embraces WRC April 23, 2024

Genesee County is part of a regional partnership in Western New York that will be launching Work Ready Communities in 2024. 

Henderson State University Boosts Learning Partnership with Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance April 23, 2024

Henderson State University, in partnership with the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance, is proud to announce Henderson’s approval as an ACT WorkKeys Curriclum Site under the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services’ umbrella agreement with ACT.

Arkansas Tops South Central State Rankings April 17, 2024

Site Selection magazine, a key publication for the economic development industry, ranked Arkansas No. 1 in its region for workforce development. Arkansas moved from second to first regionally in the South Central Region, which includes AL, KY, OK, LA, MS, TN, and TX. The Natural State has 51 counties participating in Work Ready Communities with more than 12 hundred supporting employers.