Where Opportunity Knox, a regional initiative to connect transitioning Veterans and/or military spouses to jobs and our region, had a successful visit to the Transition Summit and Hiring Fair at Fort Bragg, North Carolina on April 26 – 27, 2017 to recruit transitioning military personnel to live and work in the Greater Louisville region.
Regional Veteran Connectors Whitney Allen and Linda Larson attended the summit and hiring fair, and added over 40 transitioning individuals to Where Opportunity Knox’s client list. In addition, they connected directly with the manager of the base’s Army Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) to create an ongoing relationship with Fort Bragg. Fort Bragg is the largest U.S. military base in terms of military population with 52,000 active duty members, 12,000 reserve military personnel and an additional 62,000 military family members.
The two-day Transition Summit featured seminars, panel discussions, recruiter training, and facilitated discussions focused on improving competitive employment for Service Members and Veterans in addition to networking opportunities for all involved. The summit featured participation by and speakers from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes, the USO, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Transition to Veterans Program Office, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and local chambers of commerce.
Where Opportunity Knox is funded through the generous support of the Cumberlands Workforce Development Area, the Duke Energy Foundation, the Gheens Foundation, the James Graham Brown Foundation, the Lincoln Trail Area Development District, and the Ogle Foundation.