A state Department of Labor and Workforce Development news release says the Rural Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcement will split $2.1 million among 15 distressed counties, with the remaining $900,000 to be divided among 23 at-risk counties.
In Northeast Tennessee, Hancock County and Cocke counties were categorized as distressed, receiving $147,579 and $143,560 respectively. Four counties received funding as at-risk locations: Hawkins, $34,767; Unicoi, $36,208; Carter, $44,135; and Johnson, $45,576.
Each county will receive money for specific programs that local leaders think will address workforce development needs.
The Tennessee Workforce Development Board approved the funding, which falls under Gov. Bill Lee’s rural initiatives.