Region Aims to Become a Model to Attract, Retain and Employ Military Veterans

The Kentucky Indiana Exchange (KIX) recently hosted a Regional Veterans Summit on Dec. 12 to discuss ways to attract, retain and employ military veterans throughout the bi-state region. During the summit, participants learned about the findings from a six-month regional asset mapping initiative that identified a wide array of resources available to veterans and opportunities for improvement. They also heard about the online “Veterans Resource Center,” located at kix.com, which provides an easy-to-use tool to locate training, entrepreneurial and employment opportunities

Retired Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley, former senior commander at Fort Knox, was the featured speaker. Panel discussions included employers, educators, workforce professionals, veterans and more. The recurring theme was that Veterans have a lot to offer, and that overcoming the obstacles to employing them was not just in their best interests, but in ours. Why? Because harnessing the training, work ethic and both tangible and intangible skills of our military Veterans will help our current employers become more productive, and make us more attractive to businesses and industries looking to relocate or expand to our region

The first phase of this effort, which culminated in the summit, was made possible with funding from the Lincoln Trail Workforce Investment Board (LTWIB). The goal of the overall initiative is not only to provide deserving and qualified Veterans a powerful technical tool that will make the resources they need easier to access, but also to build a regional, united effort to help these well-qualified individuals start lifelong careers with the potential for growth.

Several of the Regional Veterans Summit participants volunteered to help build upon and sustain the work that was started in the initial phase. More help, however, is needed if we’re going to fulfill the dream of making our region a national model for attracting, employing and retaining Veteran talent! So if you’re an employer, educator, Veteran or individual interested in being a part of this effort, please visit the kix.com “Contact Us” page and let us know what you can do to help. We’d appreciate it, and so would our Veterans and their families.

And if you’re a Veteran visiting kix.com to use the “Veterans Resource Center,” please leave anyfeedback and comments you might have to help improve the site.  And thank you so much for your service!

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