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Long Island Regional Economic Development Council Announces Workforce Training to Put Long Islanders Back to Work

(May 11, 2012)

Long Island Regional Economic Development Council Announces Workforce Training to Put Long Islanders Back to Work

The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council today announced that the Hempstead Department of Occupational Resources has signed its contract to officially move forward with the Long Island Business and Workforce Investment project on the strength of the $427,535 award it received as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative. The trainings will assist in the assessment and development of Individual Employment Plans to help provide workforce skills and full-time employment for 114 low-income and/or dislocated Long Islanders.

“This is a smart investment that will help Long Islanders get much-needed jobs and provide businesses with the highly trained employees they’re looking for,” said Stuart Rabinowitz, President of Hofstra University and Regional Council co-chair. “When you combine a highly trained workforce with fast-growing companies you get a formula for a strong regional economy for many years to come.”

“Jobs, jobs, jobs. Creating jobs is what Governor Cuomo has tasked the Council with and this project directly addresses the need to build and utilize the talented workforce in our region,” said Kevin S. Law, President & CEO Long Island Association and Regional Council co-chair. “Workforce training programs like the Long Island WIB’s provides the skills and knowledge to put New Yorkers back to work and businesses with the kind of employees they need in a recovering economy.”

The Long Island Workforce Investment Boards (WIB) will work with 114 participants to assess their skill requirements to attain full-time employment in high-growth careers. These participants will receive job counseling, skills appropriate training, mentoring, and job placement assistance from the three Long Island WIBs in partnership with the five One-Stop Employment Centers throughout the region.

“This project will be helpful to both Long Island businesses as well as job seekers,” said Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “Businesses will benefit from a new pool of skilled workers. Job seekers will attain the skills and credentials necessary to land a meaningful job and progress along career pathways. It is a great opportunity to advance the mission and vision of the Long Island Economic Development Council."

The goal of the Long Island Business and Workforce Investment Project is to educate, train and provide job development for a pool of workers to be employed by Long Island firms. The training program will help provide unemployed or dislocated Long Islanders the skills and credentials necessary to support regional workforce demands. One of the project goals is to assist traditionally underutilized workers and underrepresented communities by equipping this population to fill skills gaps and create career pathways for in-demand occupations in fast growing industries. Training will be provided to customers of Long Island’s One-Stop Career Centers, which operate under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998.

Last year, a total of $785 million was awarded through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for job creation and community development projects consistent with each region’s strategic plans. As part of that process, the Town of Hempstead Department of Occupation Services was awarded $427,535 from Empire State Development towards its $540,000 total project cost.

“Workforce training programs provide New Yorkers that want to work with the necessary tools and skills they need to get out of the unemployment line and back on the job,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “Well trained workers have a positive impact on businesses, as better employees produce stronger work and make companies run more efficiently and effectively, improving their bottom line. The Regional Council is ensuring a bright economic future by investing in Long Island’s most important resource – its workforce.”

"Businesses and workers on Long Island will benefit immensely from these training dollars,” said Mario Musolino, Department of Labor Executive Deputy Commissioner and Agency Liaison to the Regional Economic Development Councils. “Businesses will be provided with work-ready employees, while workers will obtain permanent employment and skills they will have for the rest of their lives."

The Empire State Economic Development Fund (EDF) helps drive regional and local economic development across New York State in cooperation with the ten Regional Economic Development Councils. Funding is available for capital-based economic development initiatives intended to create or retain jobs; prevent, reduce or eliminate unemployment and underemployment; and/or increase business activity in a community or region

To learn more about each regional council and their economic development plans, visit www.nyworks.ny.gov.

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