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November 16, 2023 | Tom Ballard

University of Memphis launches major workforce initiative

The Upskill Mid-South program is funded by a $21.5 million grant from the Economic Development Administration.

The Center for Regional Economic Enrichment (CREE) at the University of Memphis, with assistance from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), has kicked off a workforce development initiative intended to provide in-demand industry credentials to participants in a tri-state area.

Called Upskill Mid-South, the program is designed to create economic mobility for adults and young adults living in 21 counties in West Tennessee, 14 counties in North Mississippi, and seven counties in East Arkansas while being innovative about future industry needs in advanced manufacturing, construction, logistics transportation and technology.

In August, CREE received a Good Jobs Challenge grant totaling $21.5 million from EDA to create a regional workforce development ecosystem that will, through collaborative partnerships, bring more re-engagement opportunities for unemployed, underemployed, and incumbent workers in the Mid-South region.

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