Regional Development Organizations (RDOs), known locally as councils of governments, regional planning commissions, economic development districts, and other names, provide various types of assistance to their member communities in a host of service areas. During this webinar recording, learn about the Green River Area Development District’s (GRADD) Hire to Operate (H20) program, a collaboration with state and local partners to address the shortage of certified water and wastewater operators in Western Kentucky through a Registered Apprenticeship Program. The H2O Apprenticeship Program creates a pipeline of highly qualified operators for rural utilities and stable, quality careers for new entrants to the workforce, dislocated workers, and incumbent workers at minimal cost to the apprentices or local utilities.
- Pete Conrad, Superintendent, Henderson County Water District
- Paula Payne, Workforce Development Coordinator, Green River Area Development District
- Joanna Shake, Executive Director, Green River Area Development District
- Heather Stevenson, Workforce Development Coordinator, Kentucky Rural Water Association
- Brett Schwartz, Associate Director NADO Research Foundation (moderator)
This webinar was offered in partnership with the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN). The EFCN provides training about small drinking and wastewater systems and aims to assist public and private sectors through training, direct professional assistance, production of durable resources, and innovative policy ideas. To learn more about resources and training available through the EFCN, click here.