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Cincinnati executive picked to head local training center

Stephen Tucker has been named president and CEO of the Western New York Workforce Training Center.

A top executive at a Cincinnati workforce development agency has been hired to lead the Western New York Workforce Training Center that will be part of the Northland Avenue economic development complex on the East Side.

Stephen Tucker, the assistant executive director at the Partners for a Competitive Workforce in Cincinnati, has been named president and CEO of the local training center.

Tucker, a U.S. Air Force veteran, previously was vice president for workforce development at the Urban League of Greater Cincinnati.

The workforce training center is part of a new hub that will focus primarily on training for careers in the advanced manufacturing and energy sectors. The center will include administrative, classroom and shop facilities designed to train an estimated 350 local workers each year to meet the hiring needs of local manufacturers and utilities.

Renovation work began last month at the former Clearing Niagara factory at 683 Northland Avenue that will house the new training center. The center, part of the state's Buffalo Billion economic development initiative, is expected to open in the fall of 2018.

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