Who We Are
The federal Workforce Investment Act requires states to establish regional Workforce Investment Boards to administer federal, state and local workforce development funding for their regions. KentuckianaWorks, an agency of Louisville Metro Government, is the Workforce Investment 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 Workforce Investment Act of 1998, 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.
In addition, KentuckianaWorks publishes workforce-related research and data. KentuckianaWorks, in conjunction with economic development and workforce development partners, prepared a new quarterly report on the regional labor market that was released in November 2014. "The State of the Louisville Regional Labor Market" and its accompanying Career Pathways charts will be updated each quarter in 2015 and subsequent years to help students plan careers and economic and workforce development leaders plan for the future.
The "First Quarter 2015" report and its Career Pathways charts for January through March 2015 were released in May 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.”
Our mission is to provide public leadership on the goal setting, performance measurement and system building needed to achieve the Board's vision while running and overseeing programs that complement that vision.
Strategically, the KentuckianaWorks Board is positioned to address three major economic and workforce investment 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.
Local Area Plan
Click here to view the Local Area Plan, Plan Year (PL) 2013-2014.
In accordance with the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), this document provides directions to Kentucky’s Local Workforce Investment Boards for preparing the Local Plan update. Local Workforce Investment Boards are required to submit plans to the Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment’s Office of Employment and Training in order to receive funding under WIA.
The Local Area Plan, PY 2011-2012, can be viewed by clicking here.