ANNUAL REPORT 2009 - West Virginia Department of Commerce

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ANNUAL REPORT 2009 - West Virginia Department of Commerce

Moving West Virginia and its Work Force ForwardWith a strong economy and dedicated work force, West Virginia hasthe resources and advantages businesses need to grow and succeed.Our workers are some of the finest in the country based on hard work,commitment to quality, flexibility and loyalty.To stay competitive in the global economy, we must prepare our workforce for the future. Creating and retaining high-quality jobs hinges onthe investment we make in our labor force.The Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program provides financial andtechnical assistance to West Virginia’s new and expanding businessesfor training, retraining or for upgrading the skills of existing and newemployees. The program emphasizes employee training specificallydesigned to accommodate the needs of individual employers.The Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program helps WestVirginia’s businesses progress to the next level of competition. Fromapprenticeships to global training centers, West Virginia’s work force ison the move, sharpening skills and improving productivity.Since 1991, the program has awarded more than $54 million to employers and has trained nearly 200,000 workers.Last year, the state dedicated $2.78 million to improve work force quality, and participating companies investedmore than $66.1 million to train employees. In all, more than 8,600 workers received training through the Governor’sGuaranteed Work Force Program in fiscal year 2009.While our country continues to cope with an unstable economy, West Virginia is moving forward and remainscommitted to providing employers with a dependable, experienced and productive work force.We are proud to share this report with you, and we invite you to be a part of the growth and development inWest Virginia.Joe Manchin IIIGovernor4Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program

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