August 04, 2022
$23M Grant Awarded to Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston to Support Workforce Development
The Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston (EDIC) has been awarded a $23 million grant as part of the $500 million Good Jobs Challenge funded by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan!
This week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced grant awards to 32 industry-led workforce training partnerships across the country. 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 and increase the supply of trained workers and help workers secure jobs in 15 key industries that are essential to U.S. supply chains, 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.
The EDIC, in partnership with over 100 local employers, including Mass General Brigham (MGB) and the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs, will create demand-driven pathways into quality childcare, healthcare, and energy jobs. The healthcare sector partnership, led by the Boston Healthcare Careers Consortium (HCC), will build off the prominence of the local health industry to place talent into healthcare careers with advancement. The HCC is convened by the Boston PIC and is co-chaired by the workforce development directors at MGB and Boston Children's Hospital. The consortium brings together Boston’s largest hospitals, other healthcare employers, government, community colleges, career centers, and nonprofit organizations and facilitates discussions on labor market demand, education and training capacity, workforce diversity, and advancement strategies for current employees.
The PIC congratulates Mayor Michelle Wu and the Workforce Development Council for winning the Good Jobs Challenge and securing funding support to place thousands of local Boston residents, with a focus on communities of color and women, into well-paying jobs in industries that are crucial to the region’s future growth and prosperity.
Read the full press release: https://eda.gov/news/press-rel....
Visit https://eda.gov/arpa/good-jobs... to learn more about the Good Jobs Challenge.