New REDI Digital Factory Opens in Ripley

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RIPLEY, Tenn. - Workers wanting to apply for jobs with a focus on technology and online services, have a new avenue to learn.

Friday, the Lauderdale County Digital Factory opened in Ripley.

"We need jobs in this community," said Lisa Hankins, Director of the REDI Program. "We have lost a lot of jobs in manufacturing to China and Mexico." Hankins added she is looking forward to helping move Lauderdale County forward and turn the economy around.

The campus provides office space, broadband connection and a training work room to connect remote employers with online training courses.

The program is called REDI's Digital Factory and is part of the Southwest Tennessee Development District. REDI stands for Regional Economic Development, Inc.

Ten individuals from all walks of life will now be trained to re-enter the workforce with a new set of skills. "We have done no advertising at this point," added Hawkins. "It has strictly been word of mouth and some P.R." Still Hawkins said they have received a mound of applications.

The Digital Factory in Lauderdale County is the second such facility in West Tennessee. The first opened in Parsons in July 2011.


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