Governor: Northern Kentucky is Work Ready

For the first time, a region is designated "a work ready community" by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. That region is Northern Kentucky.

The announcement, made public Monday, is that Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties have been certified a Kentucky Work Read Community. The certification program was created by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (KWIB) and the Kentucky Education & Workforce Development Cabinet to assure employers that a local workforce has the talent and skills necessary to staff existing jobs and to master the innovative technologies new jobs will require.

“We are excited that each of the three counties involved in this process has achieved Kentucky Work Ready Communities status and we look forward to certifying many others in the future. Work Ready status is not an easy accomplishment. Northern Kentucky county and regional leaders are to be commended for working together to achieve this goal,” said Roxann Fry, chair of the Kentucky Work Ready Communities Review Panel and senior consultant for the Tennessee Valley Authority Economic Development.

“This certification is reflective of the impact we can make when taking a regional approach to building a world-class business climate. We are excited to not only be the first region certified, but also the first metropolitan area of the Commonwealth to be designated as a Work Ready Community,” said Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Trey Grayson.

To become certified, communities must gather local support and commitment and apply for the Kentucky Work Ready Communities designation. Counties have to meet criteria in six areas including high school graduation rate, National Career Readiness Certificate holders, demonstrated community commitment, educational attainment, soft-skills development and digital literacy.

A panel appointed by the KWIB reviewed applications for the certification. The panel recommended certification by the board for the counties that met the criteria. The panel will meet four times a year to review applications, which can be submitted at any time.

For more information about the Kentucky Work Ready Communities program, go to

-Staff report

Photo: Accepting the award are (L-R): NKY Chamber Vice President of Employer Solutions Amanda Dixon, NKY Workforce Investment Board Director Barbara Stewart, and NKY Education Council Executive Director Polly Page. (provided)