Kelly Martin, community development director of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, recently graduated from TVA’s Valley Workforce Institute. The Valley Workforce Institute, developed and sponsored by TVA Economic Development, is designed to assist economic developers in understanding and selling their workforce assets and address talent pipeline challenges in today’s economy. The program is offered to community economic development professionals in the TVA service area to help foster long-term success.

Four one-day sessions were conducted by leading area experts. The training included focused skills development in the following major areas: Workforce Data Analysis and Application; Identifying and Addressing Labor Force Challenges and Opportunities; Developing Creative Labor Force Solutions; and Crafting a Comprehensive Workforce Story

“A community’s ability to compete, gain jobs and attract economic investments depends on local leaders being prepared, having product available and understanding its workforce story to differentiate their community’s unique strengths,” said TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley.

More than 60 individuals have participated in the program since it began in 2016.

“This program proved to be a wellspring of knowledge as colleagues throughout the Valley shared struggles the same as ours and successes we can mirror here in Monroe County,” Martin said.

Based on the success and responses from this and previous classes, TVA Economic Development is planning future institutes. Economic development professionals located in the TVA region will receive an application if interested in applying for future classes.

The TVA, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve nine million people in seven southeastern states. Economic development is a major part of TVA’s core mission. TVA’s Economic Development services are focused on attracting targeted new industries, retaining and growing existing businesses and partnering with communities to help foster economic growth. More information is available at

The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce was created to utilize the cooperative efforts of the public and private sectors in order to improve the economic welfare and to create a higher quality of life for the residents of Monroe County and the surrounding areas. More information is available at

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