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Whitley County industries investing in their workforces

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (May 17, 2010) – The Whitley County EDC is partnering with WorkOne Northeast to encourage Whitley County employers to access Talent Initiative to enhance workforce skills.

“Whitley County companies are well-positioned to utilize Talent Initiative training grant dollars, which are targeted toward companies involved in aerospace/defense, advanced manufacturing, or direct support initiatives,” said EDC President Alan Tio.

The Talent Initiative (formerly TOpS 2015) is a $20 million initiative supported by the Lilly Endowment to accelerate the development of Northeast Indiana’s workforce and talent resources. The Talent Initiative involves four critical initiatives: retraining at least 1,200 adult workers in Northeast Indiana; enhancement of the Advanced Manufacturing program at Ivy Tech-Northeast; expansion of the systems engineering and wireless technology programs at Indiana University-Purdue University- Fort Wayne (IPFW); and creation of New Tech High Schools within school corporations in northeast Indiana.

“We are very excited about the response from Whitley County employers regarding the Talent Initiative,” said WorkOne Northeast Director of Business Services Robyn Nicholls, “These funds are designed to support the high-tech, process-based manufacturing opportunities that Whitley County industries are pursuing.”

Companies in Whitley County already accessing Talent Initiative training grant dollars include growing firms such as Advanced Assembly, C&A Tool Engineering, Ultra Electronics-USSI, and Warner Electric. Company eligibility is determined by presence in Northeast Indiana; involvement in aerospace/defense, advanced manufacturing, or direct support activities; and pursuit of training that will produce a portable, industry-recognized credential.

“The Talent Initiative has been very helpful to our division’s continued growth and diversification, said Ultra Electronics-USSI president Roland Fritts.

About WorkOne Northeast
WorkOne Northeast is a publicly-funded workforce development organization that provides employment and training services for employers and workers in the 11-county region of Northeast Indiana. Services to employers include customized recruitment events, applicant screening and assessment activities, and development and support of training programs for both new hires and existing workers. For additional information about WorkOne Northeast, please visit www.workonenortheast.org.

About Whitley County EDC
The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency in Whitley County, Indiana. The EDC works closely with local, regional, and state partners to support our industry clients’ growth and success. Our mission is to is to implement a unified economic development effort and to expand employment and business opportunities for the benefit of the people of Whitley County by developing and maintaining cooperation of all individuals, groups, and organizations within the county. The Whitley County EDC was established in 1992 and represents Whitley County, Columbia City, and the Towns of Churubusco, Larwill, and South Whitley. For more information about the EDC, visit www.whitleyedc.com.

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Media Contacts:
Alan Tio (Whitley County EDC) – 260.244.5506
Robyn Nicholls (WorkOne Northeast) – 260.459.1400 ext. 4506