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KY Cabinet for Economic Development names Slattery executive director of Workforce Development

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development has named Kristina Slattery executive director of Workforce Development, Community Development and Research.

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Slattery joined the Cabinet in September 2015, where she has served as a workforce specialist within the Office of Workforce Development, as well as a project manager for new and expanded business.

Her responsibilities have included collaboration with partner agencies to design and deliver workforce solutions to Kentucky companies. This included assisting companies to best utilize state workforce incentives for training and support of business development through the presentation of workforce resources to prospective, expanding and existing companies. 

Slattery also supports local communities through the Work Ready Communities program, which provides a framework to reach workforce achievement goals that align with local industry.

“Kristina Slattery has done an incredible job for us here at the Cabinet for the past three-plus years, and we could not be more excited to see her take the next step and lead our workforce initiatives going forward,” said Terry Gill, secretary at the Cabinet. “Workforce challenges are the number one issue facing businesses, not just in Kentucky but across the US. We are placing an increased focus on our efforts to combat those challenges and we are very fortunate to have Kristina to lead that charge.”

Slattery said she’s ready for the new challenge and to build upon the relationships she has established in recent years.

“I look forward to taking on an expanded role in our state’s workforce and community development efforts,” Slattery said. “As the needs of Kentucky businesses evolve, we have to stay a step ahead to ensure we can meet those needs, and we feel we have the resources to do just that. In this new role, I aim to emphasize a business services approach as we continue to build relationships with companies, whether that be through workforce initiatives, development of company and community relations or any other assistance we can provide to help businesses meet their goals.”

Prior to joining the Cabinet, Slattery spent nine-and-a-half years with The Home Depot, where she served in human resources and operations management positions.

Her responsibilities included staff management, inventory control, sales and profitability, and customer service. Slattery also helped lead Team Depot, the company’s volunteer organization, which conducted activities such as building playgrounds for local schools, constructing homes with Habitat for Humanity and home improvement projects for military veterans.

Slattery resides in Frankfort with her husband and two dogs. She is a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and volunteers at the Saint Vincent DePaul thrift store and food pantry.

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