Oklahoma’s innovative Work Ready program leads the nation in workforce certification by addressing the quality, reliability, and sustainability of the workforce for employers. Earning and maintaining this distinction gives counties and regions an economic development marketing edge because they can document the talent of the area’s workforce. Employers spoke and we listened.
Oklahoma’s Site Ready program has rigorous certification standards. Each site’s application is validated by an outside expert, ensuring that these sites are “shovel-ready” for fast development. These sites enjoy promotional preference over other, non-certified sites, encouraging communities to be prepared for the most and best economic development opportunities.
The Office of Community Development provides a certification program for individuals who provide grant administrative services to recipients of CDBG funding awards. The training familiarizes individuals with the Federal regulations and State statutes governing the receipt and expenditure of Federal grant funds. The certification training is provided at no cost and is usually conducted in early November of each year.