The state of Tennessee will use millions of dollars in grant money to help 38 distressed and at-risk counties across Tennessee bolster workforce development efforts. The funding was approved by the Tennessee Workforce Development Board and announced Wednesday.

The Rural Initiative Funding Opportunity AnnouncementĀ  has made $3 million in funding available to local workforce development boardsĀ to support workforce expansion efforts in the targeted counties.

Neither Blount nor any surrounding counties are impacted, except for Monroe, which is listed as an at-risk county and will receive $36,749 for work-based learning, rural transportation and re-entry for justice-involved individuals.

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