Mooers Joins East Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board
Ian Mooers, director of the Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology (CEDET) at EKU, has been appointed to the East Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board (EKWIB).
“These are critical and transformational times for the region, and workforce development is incredibly important to economic diversification and the success of initiatives like Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR), the East Kentucky Promise Zone, and many other community-based efforts,” said Jeff Whitehead, executive director of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program Inc. (EKCEP). “Mr. Mooers’ experience in economic development, entrepreneurial growth strategies, planning and leadership will bring great value and expertise to the Board. Perhaps more important is his proven ability to link resources to the needs of businesses and industry.”
Mooers, a resident of Irvine, joined the EKU staff in 2009. He had previously served as director of entrepreneurial programs at George Mason University in Virginia.
“Eastern Kentucky is embracing its own future by adapting and facing the challenges all rural communities are dealing with in terms of population decrease, lagging unemployment rates, and the loss of a major industry,” Mooers said. “The Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (www.ekcep.org) and the East Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board are important players in that future, and constantly seek out innovative solutions to the most pressing needs of the employers and communities in their 23-county service area to create jobs and opportunities for its citizens. In my role as a member of the EKWIB, and as director of CEDET at EKU, I will be looking at how the resources at EKU along with our many partners in the region can help the EKWIB discover new workforce solutions to meet employer needs in the region. I am very honored to be selected to serve on the EKWIB for EKCEP, and I look forward to working with the board.”
The 24-member Board, established in response to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, will provide strategic planning, oversight and leadership to workforce development funds in the Eastern Kentucky CEP’s 23-county region. The Board will hold its first meeting in Hazard on Sept. 17.
CEDET, housed in EKU’s Business and Technology Center, provides assistance to businesses, organizations, industries and communities to aid in their development. It includes offices of the Small Business Development Center and the Kentucky Innovation Network, as well as a business accelerator, an export training program and Coal Country Beeworks. For more information, visit cedet.eku.edu.