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May 15, 2018

Governor Unveils Work Matters Report at CSG Headquarters

LEXINGTON, KY—CSG Executive Director/CEO David Adkins and federal and state officials joined Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin at The Council of State Governments' national headquarters today to unveil the final report of the Kentucky Work Matters Task Force. 
Established by Bevin last summer, the task force has worked to identify tangible actions to address barriers to employment and promote workforce inclusion among people with disabilities, foster children, disabled veterans, and individuals burdened by substance abuse or criminal records.
“CSG is proud to have helped facilitate a process inspired by Gov. Bevin’s leadership and commitment to growing Kentucky’s workforce and making employment accessible for all citizens of the commonwealth," Adkins said. "The outstanding work of his cabinet in this process has made Kentucky a national leader in our Work Matters initiative. CSG has a long history of bringing together stakeholders to create problem-solving partnerships and this framework is another example of leaders working together to create change in our states.”
During the ceremony, Bevin signed the Employment First executive order, recognizing that competitive integrated employment into the general workforce is the preferred outcome for citizens of all ages and levels of disability. He also announced formation of the Employment First Council to continue momentum on targeted areas of the task force’s report.
Highlights of the policy recommendations made by the Kentucky Work Matters Task Force include:
“Thanks to the diligent efforts of the men and women on this task force, and partner agencies like the U.S. Department of Labor, we are moving ahead with a sense of urgency on a wide array of proposed policy options,” Bevin said. “As I have often noted, there is a profound sense of pride and dignity that comes from meaningful work done well. This report provides valuable insights into the many opportunities to help thousands of Kentuckians become more engaged members of their communities.”
To download the Kentucky Work Matters Task Force’s final report, click here; and to download the Employment First executive order, click here.


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