Northeast Tennessee Workforce

Northeast Tennessee Workforce Investment Board

The Alliance for Business & Training, Inc (AB&T) www.ab-t.org is a community-based not for profit corporation based in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Its mission is to create and sustain a workforce development system which promotes Economic Development; meets employer needs; and, is responsive to the changing labor market demands, community economic growth and workers' job skills. 

AB&T has provided services to the residents and employers of Northeast Tennessee since 1984. It was designated in 1999 as the Administrative Entity and staff to the Northeast Tennessee Workforce Investment Board. Through partnerships with the Northeast Tennessee Department of Labor Career Center System, AB&T has provided employment and training services to residents of the Tennessee counties of Sullivan, Washington, Carter, Johnson and Unicoi. These training and career development activities are designed to meet the skill needs of the 21st Century work environment which demands creative and innovative solutions by trained and talented Tennesseans in order to compete in today's world economy. 

Susan Reid, First Tennessee Development District Executive Director, serves as secretary to the Workforce Investment Board and the FTDD Special Projects Director serves on the WIB Youth Council. The Council successfully reaches out-of-school and in-school youth through various programs aimed at placing them into full-time employment positions or to provide in-school youth opportunities to gain basic skills and continue into advanced training. When the Workforce Investment Act YouthBuild Program is funded, FTDD staff  provide leadership skills training for program participants.

For further information on the Alliance for Business and Training programs and projects contact:

Kathy J. Pierce
Executive Director


Alliance for Business and Training
Northeast Tennessee Workforce Investment Board
P. O. Box 249
386 Highway 91 North
Elizabethton, Tennessee  37644
kpierce@ab-t.org
O: (423) 547-7500 ext. 126
F: (423) 547-7522
C: (423) 895-1105