Kentuckiana Works Planning To Apply For Stimulus Funds

More stimulus dollars could be coming to Kentucky to help the unemployed.

The workforce development agency Kentuckiana Works last week received three million dollars to help laid-off workers learn new skills. Now the group’s director, Michael Gritton, plans to apply for additional stimulus dollars that are only available through competitive grants.

He says Louisville has a particular advantage over other cities.

“We have the highest unemployment rate of any of the metro areas in Kentucky,” says Gritton. “So that becomes the kind of then you write in a grant and say, ‘Look, we clearly have a need.’ And we also have strong demand in things like information technology and health care.”

Gritton says it also helps that Mayor Abramson, Congressman Yarmuth and Governor Beshear were all proponents of the federal stimulus package.