Northern Kentucky welcomes Governor Bevin

Gateway Community and Technical College, Duke Energy, Northern Kentucky TRI-ED and Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will host Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin at multiple events on Friday, Feb. 19.

Governor Bevin will begin the day at Gateway Community and Technical Colleges Boone Campus, 500 Technology Way, Florence. The press conference hosted by Duke Energy and Gateway will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

This is an exciting sign of the innovative transformation of education, said Dr. Keith Bird, Gateway President/CEO, and Gateway is proud to be on the cutting edge. The Enhanced Operator Program is a prime representation of industry-led curriculum and program development, and outstanding collaboration between industry and faculty.

This event will highlight the new Enhanced Operator program developed through the collaborative efforts of the Northern Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development Coalition (AMWDC), Gateway and several leading manufacturers to address industry need for more qualified candidates. In addition, Duke Energy Ohio amp; Kentucky President Jim Henning and other Duke management will present $70,000 in Duke Energy Foundation grants for Northern Kentucky workforce development projects tied to the AMWDCs efforts.

The AMWDC is a collaboration of employers, educators, economic development professionals and workforce development agencies/partners, operating under a collective impact structure and dedicated to addressing occupational shortages in the manufacturing sector by promoting education and training opportunities for job seekers and incumbent workers, and career exposure opportunities for youth.

We are thrilled for the Governor, who has a keen interest in workforce development and promoting the Commonwealth as a manufacturing hub, to witness first-hand the efforts of our community collaboration under the AMWDC. Our employer-led Coalition, consisting of several workforce partners and manufacturers, is devising real solutions to address the skills gap and filling the talent pipeline for our critical manufacturing sector in NKY. Rhonda Whitaker, District Manager, Duke Energy Kentucky and Co-chair of the AMWDC.

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will host a Government Forum luncheon at the Holiday Inn, 1717 Airport Exchange Road, Erlanger, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Were very happy that Governor Bevin is taking the time to visit us in Northern Kentucky and talk about important issues facing the state, said Trey Grayson, President/CEO NKY Chamber. The Governor received broad support from our area in last years election, and we are thrilled he is spending time with us during his first public swing through Northern Kentucky since being sworn-in.

Governor Bevin will deliver the keynote address discussing his new administration and issues facing the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The NKY Chambers Government Forum brings together elected officials, business leaders and community advocates to learn of issues affecting the region, the Commonwealth and the nation. Duke Energy and Fidelity Investments are title sponsors of the 2015-2016 Government Forum series. For details of this event, including registration, please visit NKY Chamber.