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Lexington has a new workforce development manager

Elodie Dickinson
Elodie Dickinson

Began this week

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2016) — Elodie Dickinson began work this week as Lexington’s new workforce development manager.

“Elodie’s job is to match the job training we provide to employer needs,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “The goal is to continue the success we’ve had growing the economy by ensuring we have a trained workforce that attracts employers who offer good jobs — the kinds of jobs our citizens want and need.”

Gray said workforce development and training has become the “main question we hear from employers and prospective employers.”

Dickinson’s appointment addresses what many see as a gap in city services that opened in 2007 with the closure of the Mayor’s Training Center.

“The city needs a person who can zero in on our city’s training needs; our citizens’ employment needs,” Gray said.

Dickinson is the former regional manager of Program Services for Goodwill Industries, where she managed all workforce development programs and grants in Lexington.

She holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kentucky. Dickinson and her husband, John, live in Jessamine County with their 4-year-old twins.