VA group visits Tuscaloosa to help grow workforce

Workforce development in Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - People from Virginia involved in education, workforce and economic development spent part of the week in Tuscaloosa.

The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama and West Alabama Works organized a tour of the Mercedes Benz USI plant and several other visits. Organizers wanted to show the group what’s being done to foster better workforce development results.

Sixteen members of the Lynchburg (Virginia) Regional Business Alliance also spent time at Shelton State Community College and the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy for ideas that create a better workforce in their state.

“It’s going to take all of us getting involved in the school system and with workforce providers to get our people trained,” said Christine Kennedy of the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance.

The executive director of West Alabama Works said sharing ideas is an example of best practices that can help communities similar to Tuscaloosa’s. The group’s three-day visit ended today.

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