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Central PA workforce director stepping down

Kevin Perkey is heading to Oregon

The leader of a workforce investment board serving a wide swath of Central Pennsylvania is leaving his post.

Kevin Perkey, CEO of SCPa Works since 2014, plans to resign at the end of July and move with his family to Portland, Ore., he announced Tuesday in a message on the organization’s website.

The last two years have been a transformative time for his organization, formerly known as the South Central Workforce Investment Board, Perkey wrote.

“Our organization is on a trajectory to accomplish great things in the months and years ahead. Thus, it is with bittersweet emotions that I have decided it is time for a new professional challenge,” Perkey wrote.

In an email to the CPBJ, he said his wife, Dr. B. Joy Perkey, had accepted a position at the Portland-based Providence Brain and Spine Institute. Kevin Perkey added that he planned to continue consulting in the workforce field.

“At SCPa Works I’ll be ensuring several of our new strategic initiatives continue to move forward including our Industry Partnerships in Advanced Manufacturing and Transportation & Logistics, our Community-Based Partnership Grant with the Perry County Literacy Council, and our Regional Summer Youth Employment work,” he wrote.

Workforce investment boards strive to direct federal, state and local funding to workforce development programs, and create the resources to assist local workforces.

SCPa Works is based in Harrisburg and covers Dauphin, Cumberland, York, Lebanon, Juniata, Perry, Adams and Franklin counties. It covers the largest civilian labor force, at around 740,000 people, of Pennsylvania’s 22 workforce investment areas.

David O'Connor
Dave O'Connor covers York County, manufacturing, higher education, nonprofits, and workforce development. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at [email protected].

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