WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced grant awards to 32 industry-led workforce training partnerships across the country as part of the $500 million Good Jobs Challenge funded by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. The Good Jobs Challenge is administered by the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration and will enable communities across the country to invest in innovative approaches to workforce development that will secure job opportunities for more than 50,000 Americans.
The 32 winning projects were selected from a competitive pool of 509 applicants. By partnering with labor unions, community colleges, industry, and other stakeholders, these projects will solve local talent needs, increase the supply of trained workers, and help workers secure jobs in 15 key industries that are essential to U.S. supply chains, and global competitiveness, and regional development. This funding will advance a broad range of sectors—including agriculture and food production, energy and resilience, healthcare, manufacturing, and information technology— jumpstarting the design, development, implementation, and expansion of training programs that are tailored specifically to each community.
“A trained workforce is essential to ensuring that the United States can compete and succeed in the 21st century,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “Thanks to funding from the American Rescue Plan, the Commerce Department is able to make once-in-a-generation investments in industry-driven, and locally-led workforce systems that will create high-quality jobs and accelerate regional economic growth, especially for underserved communities.”
These projects will expand access to the workforce and increase labor participation through a focus on job quality and equity. The projects will serve and support a broad range of individuals from underserved populations across the country in urban and rural areas, including members of Latino, African American, Indigenous, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, as well as women, the formerly incarcerated, and those recovering from substance abuse disorders. By providing access to high-quality jobs that include good pay, benefits, and career mobility for Americans who need it most and simultaneously serving vital industries, these grants will support flourishing regional economies that in turn benefit the nation’s growth, competitiveness, and resilience. Many of these investments also advance the goals of the President’s Talent Pipeline Challenge to create equitable workforce development opportunities for infrastructure jobs.
“Workforce development is a critical pillar to supporting innovative and competitive economic development, and the Good Jobs Challenge is working hand-in-hand with diverse partners and local leaders to strengthen local economic recovery and resiliency,” said Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves. “The Good Jobs Challenge prioritizes employer leadership and hiring commitments, which we know are critical to expanding career opportunities for more Americans to reach their full potential and secure good jobs, leading to a stronger regional and national economy.”
“By integrating industry in every step of the talent development process, these awardees are focused on supporting underserved communities in diverse areas across the country, helping to remove systemic barriers for workers, and connecting employers with the trained workforce they need to grow and sustain competitive local economies,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Castillo.
The Good Jobs Challenge is part of a suite of American Rescue Plan programs developed by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to equitably distribute its $3 billion allocation to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build a better America by accelerating economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building more resilient, shockproof local economies. EDA is currently evaluating all applications and will announce grantees for the full suite of programs by September 30, 2022.
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- Alaska Primary Care Association (Alaska) Grant: $9.7 million Industry: Healthcare
- Charleston Chamber Foundation (South Carolina) Grant: $8.4 million Industry: Healthcare
- Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (Illinois) Grant: $18.5 million Industry: Healthcare; Manufacturing; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics; Information Technology
- City of Birmingham (Alabama) Grant: $10.8 million Industry: Healthcare
- City of New York Human Resources Administration (New York) Grant: $18.6 million Industry: Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics; Building and Construction
- City of Springfield (Missouri) Grant: $17.5 million Industry: Healthcare; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics; Education
- Dallas College (Texas) Grant: $8.8 million Industry: Bio-medical
- Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston (Massachusetts) Grant: $23 million Industry: Healthcare; Energy and Resilience; Childcare
- Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees (Florida) Grant: $22.9 million Industry: Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics; Healthcare; Manufacturing; Education
- Foundation for California Community Colleges (California) Grant: $21.5 million Industry: Forestry and Fire Safety
- Fresno County Economic Development Corporation (California) Grant: $23 million Industry: Professional and Financial Services; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics; Manufacturing; Building and Construction
- Hampton Roads Workforce Council (Virginia & North Carolina) Grant: $11 million Industry: Water and Blue Economy; Energy and Resilience
- Illinois Central College (Illinois) Grant: $14.6 million Industry: Information Technology
- Lakota Funds (South Dakota) Grant: $5 million Industry: Building and Construction
- Maryland Department of Labor (Maryland) Grant: $22.9 million Industry: Energy and Resilience
- Miami Dade College (Florida) Grant: $10 million Industry: Information Technology
- Mid-South Center for Occupational Innovation (Arkansas, Mississippi, & West Tennessee) Grant: $21.5 million Industry: Building and Construction; Manufacturing; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
- Nevadaworks (Nevada) Grant: $14.9 million Industry: Healthcare; Information Technology; Manufacturing; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
- North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (North Carolina) Grant: $23.7 million Industry: Energy and Resilience
- North Central New Mexico Economic Development District (New Mexico) Grant: $6.4 million Industry: Healthcare; Building and Construction
- Office of Workforce Strategy (Connecticut) Grant: $23.9 million Industry: Manufacturing; Healthcare; Information Technology, Bio-medical
- Ohio Manufacturers’ Association Educational and Industrial Development Institute (Ohio) Grant: $23.5 million Industry: Manufacturing
- Persevere (Tennessee) Grant: $15.4 million Industry: Information Technology
- Philadelphia Works, Inc (Pennsylvania) Grant: $22.8 million Industry: Healthcare; Building and Construction; Energy and Resilience
- Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board (Oregon) Grant: $3.4 million Industry: Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
- The Chamber Foundation (North Dakota & Minnesota) Grant: $9.6 million Industry: Agriculture and Food Production; Information Technology; Manufacturing
- UnidosUS (Puerto Rico & Colorado) Grant: $11.4 million Industry: Aerospace & Defense; Building and Construction; Financial and Professional Services
- United Way of Central Iowa (Iowa) Grant: $1.8 million Industry: Healthcare
- University of Hawaii (Hawaii) Grant: $16.4 million Industry: Healthcare; Information Technology; Energy and Resilience; Film, Arts, & Media
- Washington Student Achievement Council (Washington) Grant: $23.5 million Industry: Healthcare; Information Technology; Financial and Professional Services; Energy and Resilience; Manufacturing; Building and Construction
- Workforce Solutions Rural Capital (Texas) Grant: $12.1 million Industry: Building and Construction; Information Technology; Healthcare
- WTIA Workforce Institute (Nationwide WA; MO; AL; VA; TX; NV; PA; NJ; NC; LA; OH) Grant: $23.5 million Industry: System Development
About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov) The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA invests in communities and supports regional collaboration in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.