Who We Are
The federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires states to establish regional Workforce Development Boards to administer federal, state and local workforce development funding for their regions. KentuckianaWorks, an agency of Louisville Metro Government, is the Workforce Development Board for the Greater Louisville region consisting of Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Spencer, Shelby and Trimble counties. Funding is primarily provided by the U.S. Department of Labor and the WIOA, through the Kentucky Education Workforce Development Cabinet and Louisville Metro Government.
KentuckianaWorks oversees the region's system of career centers where job seekers can find jobs and education and training opportunities and apply for unemployment insurance. Career centers also help employers meet their workforce needs by linking them with qualified employees.
KentuckianaWorks also publishes workforce-related research and data and also prepares a quarterly report on Louisville-area job trends and data called The State of the Louisville Regional Labor Market. The report and its accompanying Career Pathways charts will be updated each quarter to help students plan careers and economic and workforce development leaders plan for the future. Click here to read the KentuckianaWorks Year in Review: July 2014 - June 2015.
KentuckianaWorks also provides services to employees and employers facing layoffs.
The KentuckianaWorks Board is composed of regional leaders from business, education, labor and government. The board, working together with KentuckianaWorks staff and partners, provides strategic leadership for workforce development efforts in the region.
We envision the seven-county region as home to a skilled and educated workforce whose qualifications give our community a competitive advantage in making the Louisville area the nation's next “economic hotspot.”
Building a stronger community one person at a time through the dignity of work
Strategically, the KentuckianaWorks Board is positioned to address three major economic and workforce development goals:
- Raising the educational attainment levels of our citizens across the board – from GEDs to PhDs.
- Creating a responsive workforce system that meets the needs of employers and economic development professionals.
- Aiming for and achieving quantum change, not just incremental progress, to move the Greater Louisville area into a new competitive position compared to our main competitors.
The Board will accomplish these goals by building business, education and community partnerships that address the lifelong education, training and employment needs of our community.