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2/20/2017 Member News
Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County Grants $10,000 to One Southern Indiana Talent Development Initiative

 Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County Grants $10,000
to One Southern Indiana Talent Development Initiative

New Albany, Ind. (February 20, 2017) – One Southern Indiana (1si), the chamber of commerce and lead economic development organization for Clark and Floyd counties, is pleased to announce the receipt of a $10,000 grant from the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County. Funding from the grant will support the Workforce Talent Development Initiative recently launched by 1si.

"We are proud to support the 1si Workforce Talent Development Initiative which is directly related to the foundation's mission to provide funding Floyd County economic development,” said Mark Seabrook, chairman of the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County. “This initiative will directly assist both large and small employers in the county as well as and Floyd County citizens who have the potential and desire to improve their employment situation. We anticipate great things out of the program and stand as a collaborative partner in its effort."

The Workforce Talent Development Initiative is an effort to coordinate a combination of programs, including training opportunities, in concert to address the growing shortfall in the labor force in the region. Headed by 1si Director of Talent Development and Skill UP! Partnership Paul Holba, this initiative includes management of the Skill UP! Indiana grant disbursement, acting as the community convening organization in the Greater Clark County Schools transition to the Ford Next Generation Learning model and various other efforts.

The initiative will be working closely with area partners such as Indiana University Southeast, Prosser Career Education Center, Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Ivy Tech Community College-Sellersburg, the Metro Manufacturing Alliance, WorkOne and employers throughout Floyd County and the region to help develop career pathways and address training needs. As a regional project, 1si also will work with Where Opportunity Knox and Greater Louisville Inc. on their talent attraction initiative and the Intern to Earn program.

1si President and CEO Wendy Dant Chesser said, “To fully realize the potential for growth in Southern Indiana, a sustained effort must be made to ensure Southern Indiana employers have a healthy, well-trained labor pool from which to draw, now and in the future. We appreciate the Horseshoe Foundation of Southern Indiana’s support in this important endeavor as we work to be the voice of business for this initiative.”

About the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County
The Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County (HFFC) is a private foundation, created to benefit the Floyd County, Indiana, community whose sole benefactor is Horseshoe Southern Indiana. The Foundation's philanthropic focus traditionally falls into the categories of grant making to charitable non-profit organizations, educational scholarships, and program related investments which encourage economic development.

Since its inception in 1999, the HFFC has provided $41 million to benefit Floyd County and $2 million through the small business revolving loan fund. For more information, visit

About One Southern Indiana:
One Southern Indiana (1si) was formed in July of 2006 as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization serving Clark and Floyd Counties. 1si’s mission is to provide the connections, resources and services that help businesses innovate and thrive in the southern Indiana/Louisville metro area.

Since its inception, the organization has evolved to include a three-prong approach to serve its members and investors. Business Resources, as the chamber side of the organization, encompasses membership, signature events and programs which support and encourage business growth; Economic Development works to grow the regional economy through the attraction of new commerce and assists with retention and expansion of existing businesses; Advocacy supports businesses at the government level by engaging in initiatives to preserve, protect and promote a business friendly environment free of obstacles to growth and development of commerce.

Media Contacts:
Jerry K. Finn
Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County
Phone: 812.945.4332

Suzanne Ruark
One Southern Indiana
Phone: 812.206.9050