Since 2010, the Commonwealth of Kentucky has been pursuing a bold path to transform and align its workforce development, economic development, and education systems. A key component of its transformational “WORKSmart Kentucky” strategic plan was a focus on strengthening and coordinating the design and delivery of services to businesses provided by system partners across the Commonwealth. Following Maher & Maher’s engagements with Kentucky in support of One-Stop Career Center certification, statewide sector strategies, and the Kentucky Workforce Academy, the Commonwealth engaged our team to support and facilitate the development of its unified business services strategy. Under the project, we:
As a result of Maher & Maher’s work, the Commonwealth of Kentucky now has a clear path forward for achieving its vision of a truly unified and aligned business services system, and workforce development, economic development, and community college partners throughout the state are well-positioned to support implementation. Perhaps most importantly, Kentucky’s industry and employer partners can look forward to enhanced, responsive, and coordinated business services and support from all system partners.