Attracting, Retaining Military Veterans Focus of Upcoming Summit in Louisville

The Kentucky Indiana Exchange (KIX) will be hosting a Regional Veterans Summit on Dec. 12 in Louisville, Ky., to discuss ways to attract, retain and employ military veterans throughout the bi-state region. During the summit, workforce experts will report on a six-month regional asset mapping initiative that identified a wide array of resources available to veterans as well as opportunities for improvement.

The Regional Veterans Summit will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Seelbach Hilton located at 500 South Fourth Street in Louisville. Retired Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley will be the featured speaker; Freakley became the senior commander at Fort Knox in 2010 at a time when the installation gained nearly 5,000 jobs, many associated with the Army’s Human Capital Management System.

The agenda also includes a presentation from retired Col. Walter Herd, director of the Army Transition Office, as well as panel discussions with veterans, employers and organizations that assist with the transition to employment, entrepreneurship or education to bridge the gap.

The Lincoln Trail Workforce Investment Board (LTWIB) funded the asset mapping initiative and is partnering with KIX to present this summit.

“There are many regional and state organizations and programs focused on serving transitioning veterans, and the Summit will bring these groups together to network and share ideas,” said Mo Miller, chair of the LTWIB. “We want to deliver optimal employment, training and support services to veterans in the region and serve as a model to other areas in the U.S.”

Miller said while based in Elizabethtown, the LTWIB saw this as very much a regional issue and thus funded the work throughout the 26-county bi-state region, working closely with the region’s three other workforce boards.

“KIX and its partners want to undertake a coordinated effort to attract and retain veteran talent better than anywhere else in the country. This summit is a way to launch that effort after several months of research,” said Kevin Wardell, KIX Board Chairman and President of Norton Hospital. “This is really the beginning of the hard work, and we want to invite the region to come together and make a difference.”

Employers, organizations, education and training providers, veterans and others interested in attending can click here to register. Veterans can attend at no cost.

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