A Collaboration to Build an Educated Workforce Across Kentucky

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Kentucky is a great place to do business. The state’s electric costs are 20% below the national average, Kentucky is located within a day’s drive of 65% of the nation’s population and Kentuckians know what it means to put in a hard day’s work. The Commonwealth’s economy is growing fast, resulting in the creation of more than 15,000 jobs and $3.7 billion in new investment in 2014.

As new industries move into the Commonwealth and other businesses continue to grow, the demand for highly skilled, educated workers grows, too.

In order to keep pace with these workforce needs, universities across the state, including the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), have been at the forefront of the effort to ensure Kentucky’s workforce has the skills it needs to meet the challenges of today’s technologically driven, knowledge-based economy. And Cofounder has been proud to help facilitate these efforts in Frankfort.

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Re-Imaginging the Way We Build Education Facilities

BuildSmart Kentucky, an imaginative KCTCS move for competitiveness, arose from a chorus of leaders asking for new construction, greater capacity and even more highly skilled graduates from the state’s community and technical colleges. Led by legislative, education, and business leaders from across the economic spectrum, an innovative public-private partnership was developed to provide funding for the top capital project at each KCTCS college. 

The BuildSmart Kentucky effort authorized $194 million in bond authority for the 16 KCTCS colleges, but also required that each campus raise a 25% match, or a total of $48.5 million, from private entities.

Preparing Healthcare Professionals in Northern Kentucky

The Northern Kentucky region is a fast-growing community that is a hotbed of innovation. Nowhere is that more evident than on the campus of Northern Kentucky University (NKU).

As the lead partner with and lobbyist for the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport, Cofounder has worked closely with the best and brightest from Boone, Campbell and Kenton Counties to advocate on behalf of NKU. A centerpiece of these efforts is the new Health Innovations Center that NKU is preparing to construct. 

When completed, this facility will support an integrated portfolio of programs to prepare healthcare professionals and provide solutions to the health and wellness challenges of the region and the entire Commonwealth.  

Having been assistant to the president at the University of Kentucky and a visiting professor at EKU, Campbellsville University and Lexington Theological Seminary, Bob — and Cofounder — place a high value on educational progress. That’s why we’re proud to have been part of the development of this important project. 

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