LOUISVILLE, Ky. – January 4, 2017 — Where Opportunity Knox, a regional initiative to connect transitioning Veterans and/or military spouses to jobs and the Greater Louisville Region, announced that it has partnered with the Kentucky Air National Guard 123rd Airlift Wing to assist their airmen in connecting to jobs in the Greater Louisville Area.
In partnership with the Family Support and Readiness Program, Where Opportunity Knox will host a recruiting/information booth one weekend a month and hold office hours throughout the month.
The Wing is equipped with eight C-130H model aircraft. Multiple groups, squadrons and flights carry out the unit’s mission by providing administrative and logistical support, airlift operations, combat control, contingency response, maintenance, supply, transportation, contracting, communications, civil engineering, personnel, base services, security forces and medical functions.
Where Opportunity Knox, which launched in September 2014, is a unique regional initiative to connect 10,000 transitioning Veterans and military spouses to jobs and the Greater Louisville region by the end of 2017. While numerous employers throughout the country have made the commitment to hire Veterans, there is no geographic region that has taken on this challenge. With approximately 100,000 Soldiers transitioning from active duty through the Army Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) which is headquartered at the U.S. Army Human Resources Command located at Fort Knox, Ky. and more than 3,000 of those transitioning Soldiers stationed at Fort Knox and 5,000 stationed at Fort Campbell, Greater Louisville’s 26-county region has a unique economic development opportunity to tap into this highly skilled Veteran talent like nowhere else in the nation.
This initiative is not a job placement service but instead is about developing a pipeline of transitioning Veterans who are looking for a post-military place to live and work – a place that values Veterans, offers a high-level quality of life and has a diverse and robust economy with available jobs and careers. Through a network of Regional Veteran Connectors and a host of knowledgeable volunteers, Where Opportunity Knox is making the connections Veterans need to find the right civilian job and the right civilian community. Where Opportunity Knox also provides an online resource for transitioning families to get information about the overall quality of life in the Greater Louisville Region including jobs, schools and more.
Where Opportunity Knox is currently funded by the Duke Energy Foundation, the Gheens Foundation, the James Graham Brown Foundation and the Ogle Foundation. Kentucky Indiana Exchange (KIX), managed by three regional chambers of commerce including Greater Louisville Inc., the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce and One Southern Indiana, designed and implemented this initiative. For more information about Where Opportunity Knox and to learn more about hiring opportunities for Veterans, visit www.whereopportunityknox.com.
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