WIRED65 is funded by a $5 million grant awarded to the Central Kentucky region in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Labor WIRED Program. WIRED65 is a federal effort focusing on Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development. The WIRED65 Initiative is focused on uniting an economic region that encompasses 26 counties (19 in Kentucky and 7 in Southern Indiana). The regional approach to workforce development will support innovation, entrepreneurship and strong economic growth making the region more competitive in the global marketplace.
Kentucky counties designated by the WIRED Initiative include: Adair, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Carroll, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Taylor, Trimble and Washington.