Bryan County announced this week the state has certified it as a Work Ready community. But that announcement could be among the last, as federal funding for the $9.5 million Georgia Work Ready program will not be available next year.
Work Ready has used about $1.4 million in stimulus funds. And the state has certified 56 counties as "Work Ready," meaning that they've met educational and other goals. Rural areas, however, have few employers that recognize the certificate and even fewer are hiring.