Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center to Address Paducah Chamber

Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018 2:00 pm

Beth Davisson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center, will be the featured speaker for the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Partnership (BEP) luncheon on Tuesday, May 8.  The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. and be held at the Commerce Center, 300 South 3rd Street, in the Paducah Bank Community Room. The luncheon is open to anyone wanting to hear more about workforce development efforts. There is a $10 fee to attend for the luncheon.  

“We are very pleased to have Beth Davisson to visit our area and provide us with important information on this topic,” said Sonny Smith, Paducah Chamber Vice Chair of Education and Workforce and Chair of the BEP. “Our local businesses, as well as those across the state, cite workforce as a top priority for success but they also continually struggle to find and retain employees.”  

Davisson will discuss steps for “Developing our Local Workforce” and present an overview of a new system coming to Kentucky to help address workforce needs, Talent Pipeline Management Academies. 

Because of initiatives to solve the state’s workforce crisis by the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center, the U.S. Chamber Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, chose Kentucky as one of three states to create Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) Academies, an initiative created by the U.S. Chamber Foundation.  

In partnership with the Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment, the Kentucky Chamber’s Workforce Center is traveling the state to discuss TPM and share information about the program and how its tools and resources can support the efforts of local communities, businesses, and workforce leaders.

“Workforce will remain a key issue all across Kentucky and the nation for the foreseeable future, and who better to lead this conversation than Kentucky's business community?” Davisson said. “Businesses throughout the Commonwealth are unable to grow without the right talent in place, and the Kentucky Chamber’s Workforce Center demonstrates our dedication to preparing Kentucky’s workforce and to building a thriving economy.” Davisson added, “Through the TPM Process, employers will play an expanded role as end customers of the Workforce and Education System. This effort will allow Kentucky the opportunity to better understand the job projections and needs of business so we can better recruit, train and retain the right talent for the right jobs at the right time."   

“For the economy to continue to thrive, it’s critical for local businesses to be leaders in helping develop a 21st century workforce,” said Cheryl Oldham, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Center for Education and Workforce. “Yesterday’s education systems aren’t meeting the needs of today’s learners and tomorrow’s workers. The TPM State-Based Academy will empower state, local, and industry leaders to tackle this problem. By coming together to develop a statewide strategy for closing the skills gap, business leaders will be equipped with the tools they need to hire and develop a strong workforce.”

Davisson received a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Strategic Communication from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Business Administration from Sullivan University. She is creator and leader of “Bridging the Talent Gap,” a workforce development program designed to identify talent gaps in the Louisville community; serves on the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) state council; and received the KYSHRM Lyle Hannah Spirit Award for 2016. She also has been recognized by Business First (“Top Business Leaders under 40” in 2016 and “Top 20 People to Know in Human Resources” in 2014).

Pre-registration is required to attend. Those interested in attending should register on line,, email or call 270-443-1746 by no later than noon, May 7.   

For more information about the Talent Pipeline Management Initiative or ways to get involved, please contact Beth Davisson, executive director of the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center, at

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