A Message from the KRA President & CEO
Celebrating National Workforce Development Professionals Month
“The world in which we live equally distributes talent but, does not equally distribute opportunity”, so states a TV ad for a popular university, and a quote I believe serves well as a mantra for the Workforce Development industry.
I founded KRA Corporation with a belief that sustainable community-based economic development was linked inextricably to a skilled workforce…a conviction that became my life’s mission and the motivation that guides me, and all the dedicated professionals who have worked for KRA over the past 40 years.
We are extremely fortunate to live in a country that provides publicly funded workforce-development programs—which will receive a critical infusion of support through many workforce-services provisions in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021—benefitting the unemployed and under-employed who have experienced the least amount of “opportunity” to exercise their “world-distributed talent”.
The fact is everyone benefits from some form of a private- or public-sector workforce-development system. Ballet dancers, medical doctors, and truck drivers alike gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required through a structured educational, professional, and/or technical training process.
KRA is a long-standing member and sponsor of NAWDP, which in 2005, created National Workforce Development Professionals Month “to raise awareness about the importance of our industry to a growing national economy”, originally celebrated in May, but moved to September in 2012.
In closing, I want to thank our valued not-for-profit and local-government clients, whose funding provides KRA the critical resources to develop and maintain collaborative community-based partnerships to meet the workforce-development needs of our Business and Career Services customers—last month, next month and all the months ahead.
Knowlton R. Atterbeary
President & CEO