When this story was first posted it reported the Chamber of Commerce became a Work Ready community in 2007, but the chamber is still working toward the certified Work Ready designation.
The Chamber of Commerce became an Entrepreneur-Friendly community in 2007.
The story at right is correct.
The Courier regrets the error.
The county is working toward becoming a Certified Work Ready community and Smiley thanked Hines for a "fantastic job helping to achieve our goals."
The program uses the national ACT and GWRP's signature WorkKeys assessment to identify math, reading and reasoning skill levels.
Testers can then improve their skills and it would help the county compete in a competitive, global market.
"We have workers here...but in some cases, our workers aren't necessarily in the competitive advantage," Hines said. "The more workforce development we have, the better off we're going to be."
To keep the designation, county need to assess 816, adding to the 22 already tested.
Hines particularly highlighted SNF/Chemtall as the "business champion," for requiring applicants to go through Work Ready first.
"That's the kind of commitment they showing toward us," Hines said.
Smiley thanked the crowd of about 50 for attending.
"It's businesses and organizations like yours that's really moving this initiative along," Smiley said.