For IMMEDIATE Release
DATE: April 20th, 2017
Contact: Mable Duke, Director of Workforce Services
mduke@bgadd.org

Bluegrass Local Elected Officials and Workforce Board Announces Release of Request for Proposal for Career Center Operator and Direct Service Provider for Bluegrass Region

In accordance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Bluegrass Local Elected Officials and Bluegrass Workforce Innovation Board (BGWIB) released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for One Stop Career Center Operator(s) on Monday, April 17, 2017. The RFP will also incorporate the Direct Service Provider to start Fiscal Year 2018 (June 21, 2017–June 30, 2018).

Funding for Adult, Dislocated Workers, Youth, and State funded Employment Services delivered by the successful submitter will not exceed $1.5 million.

The RFP is public and available through the WIB’s website. The RFP may be accessed at http://www.bgwib.com, on the “RFP” page. In addition, the RFP may be obtained in electronic format upon request via an email directed to Staci L. May at smay@bgadd.org.

Interested parties should read the RFP document and any accompanying attachments to learn of dates and details in connection with submitting a response.

Background: In July 2014, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) was signed into law. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. WIOA is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in 15 years. In contrast to previous legislation, WIOA requires the selection of a one-stop operator through a competitive process. The establishment of a One-Stop delivery system is a cornerstone of the reforms contained in Title I of WIOA. The One-Stop system is designed to enhance access to services and improve long-term employment outcomes for individuals seeking assistance.

The WIB sets policy for workforce development programs a seventeen county region in Central Kentucky, known as the Bluegrass Local Workforce Area. The business-led Board includes members from private industry, public entities, education and labor. It also includes representation from agencies that deliver services at the Kentucky Career Center – Bluegrass locations throughout the region. The Board consists entirely of volunteers who are nominated by Local Elected Officials, Chambers of Commerce, or Professional Organizations.

For more information, contact Mable Duke, Director of Workforce Services, Bluegrass Area Development District mduke@bgadd.org.