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Governor Hochul Announces First-ever Round of Office of Strategic Workforce Development Grant Awards Totaling More than $6 Million
ALBANY, N.Y. — Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the New York State Office of Strategic Workforce Development has awarded more than $6 million in grants to eight projects across the state through the first round of the Capital and Pay for Performance Grant Programs. These grants will support the training of nearly 3,000 workers through collaboration between training providers and more than 100 employer partners in fields like advanced manufacturing, information technology, and film and television. The Office, which operates under Empire State Development, is charged with supporting workforce development programs and practices to ensure New Yorkers are prepared to meet the needs and priorities of today's employers.
Round One Awardees:
Pay for Performance (P4P) Operating Grant Awardees:
- Buffalo Niagara Partnership (Western New York) - $1 Million: This program will provide pre-employment and occupational skills training for manufacturing and other employer-led collaboratives through the Employ Buffalo Niagara Talent Pipeline Management Program. Industry partners include SoPark, Zehnder Rittling, Cobey, Inc., National Fuel Gas, Independent Health, Univera Healthcare, ABC-Amega, People Inc., Aspire of WNY and Suburban Adult Services, Inc., and more.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership announces second cohort of Minority-Owned Business Initiative Program Expanded to Respond to Applicant Needs
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s (BNP’s) Minority Business Initiative (MBI) strives to eliminate the obstacles that have long hindered minority business ownership by providing minority-owned businesses access to BNP’s extensive resources and networks to build their business. The 2023 cohort was announced at today’s DEI Symposium and includes two tracks to better serve participant needs. The MBI Program is funded through generous underwriting of Bank of America, National Grid, and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
Another Voice: Proposed recycling reform would harm manufacturers
BUFFALO, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) — New York lawmakers are rightfully looking to address the problem of plastic waste. One of Albany’s proposed solutions is an extended producer responsibility (EPR) bill called the Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act (S.4246/A.5322).
Note to Albany: Pushing workers over ‘benefits cliff’ makes no sense
BUFFALO, N.Y. (The Buffalo News) — If the moral imperative of making work pay doesn’t prompt compensation adequate for a decent life – and clearly it often doesn’t – maybe the impact on the economy of penalizing workers for bettering themselves will change some minds.
Rethinking hiring practices to appeal to young candidates
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — While some businesses are staying afloat, others are still trying to get back on their feet after the pandemic – Seth Piccirillo