In May, Tennessee Labor and Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips announced the U.S. Department of Labor awarded the agency $697,963 for exceeding all performance goals that were set for the state of Tennessee’s innovative workforce development and education activities.
Tennessee is one of only 15 states in the nation to qualify for the incentive grant, and the amount of Tennessee’s award is the fifth highest in the qualifying states.
“This achievement is significant because it demonstrates how we contribute toward the governor’s vision of making Tennessee the No. 1 state in the Southeast for high quality jobs,” Phillips said. “We will use this award money to continue investing in the skills and employability of Tennessee’s workforce.”
During the past 11 years, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has been recognized seven times for exceeding performance levels in Workforce Investment Act and Adult Education performance outcomes.