Brooks is named to workforce board

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 7/11/19

Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks has been tapped by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to serve on the Tennessee State Workforce Development Board.Brooks said he immediately accepted the appointment.“I didn’t …

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Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks has been tapped by Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to serve on the Tennessee State Workforce Development Board.

Brooks said he immediately accepted the appointment.

“I didn’t have to hesitate to represent the city I serve,” Brooks said. “I was thankful he called.”

Recently, the mayor was also appointed by Lee to serve on the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

The nod by Lee offers Cleveland the opportunity to be represented on the board where decisions are made regarding training the state’s workforce through programs such as the planned Partnerships in Industry & Education Center in Bradley County.

“Cleveland will be another spoke in the wheel in training workers for tomorrow,” Brooks said. “We will be at the table and able to hear what other people are doing in the 95 counties across the state to train the workforce of tomorrow. We will be able to bring their ideas home.”

The board meets quarterly in Nashville.

According to the board’s bylaws, its primary responsibility is to advise the governor on all matters of workforce development strategy for the state.

In addition, the board identifies “workforce development needs of the state, analyzes and assesses new federal policy and program initiatives and makes recommendations toward improving statewide policies, goals and guidelines for the coordination of all workforce education, employment and training programs."



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