In these unprecedented times, we continue to strive to bring you the most important news related to COVID-19. Recently, we have discussed the need for widespread testing as a necessary step to help flatten the curve and reduce the overall spread of the virus. Yesterday, Governor Andy Beshear announced a partnership with Kroger & UPS to launch drive-thru testing across the state of Kentucky. This important partnership will allow healthcare workers, first responders, people age 65 and over, and individuals with chronic heath conditions like heart disease, lung disease and other immune-system lowering diseases to be tested. Individuals in these groups can apply through a digital registration portal, which also includes a virtual assessment tool to help you know if you need to be tested. This is a critical resource to help us curb the spread of COVID-19, and we salute Kroger and Governor Beshear in their effort.
As we look at how we as a community move forward from the economic impact of COVID-19, data skills connected to artificial intelligence, machine learning, and the internet of things are going to form the backbone of the new economy. As we learned in the strategic planning process, these skill sets will be particularly needed in Louisville’s strong healthcare and manufacturing clusters. GLI is partnering with Louisville Forward and the Microsoft Future of Work Initiative to survey which specific skills employers think will be most important to their businesses going forward. Please complete this quick survey to help us understand the gaps that exist as we prepare for Louisville’s workforce of the future.