TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis announced today three Local Workforce Development Boards are being awarded Veterans’ Performance Incentive Awards for their diligent work of providing employment and training opportunities to thousands of veterans. The three Local Workforce Development Boards being recognized for this achievement are CareerSource Central Florida, CareerSource Flagler Volusia and CareerSource Polk.
“Florida’s workforce is better because of the valuable contributions veterans provide in a variety of careers across the state,” said Governor DeSantis. “I applaud the important work these Local Workforce Development Boards are doing to connect veterans with meaningful employment after serving our country.”
The Veterans Performance Incentive Award is awarded to Local Workforce Development Boards in three categories by local workforce development area sizes: large, medium and small. A review committee comprised of representatives from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, CareerSource Florida and the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training reviews the nominations and selects the awardees.
“Governor Ron DeSantis understands the great level of skills, leadership and experience that veterans offer Florida businesses,” said Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Ken Lawson. “Providing assistance and connecting veteran job-seekers with available resources to find a job will remain a priority for Florida.”
“The CareerSource Florida network is honored to help connect military veterans with rewarding careers or train for new opportunities,” said CareerSource Florida President and CEO Michelle Dennard. “On behalf of our board of directors, I extend sincere congratulations to CareerSource Central Florida, CareerSource Flagler Volusia and CareerSource Polk for this special recognition of their innovative efforts over this past year to provide exemplary service to veterans and their families.”
“A vibrant economy with low unemployment, coupled with the lack of a state income tax and mild winters, brings many veterans and their families to Florida,” said Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs Executive Director Danny Burgess. “To keep them here, we offer unique benefits such as in-state tuition rates for veterans and their families using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, several layers of property tax exemptions, expanded veterans’ preference, and extensive benefits, licensure and fee waivers for many activities and occupations. We are proud of the work that CareerSource is doing to help ensure Florida is the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.”
The CareerSource Florida network employs more than 150 veteran employment specialists, who are also veterans themselves and are dedicated to helping veterans find employment.