NY unveils $175 million workforce development initiative

May 09, 2019

Last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a new effort to streamline the state’s workforce development programs. The $175 million Workforce Development Initiative will consolidate the state’s fragmented workforce development funding opportunities. Using the state’s 10 regional economic development councils (REDC’s) to suggest and prioritize projects, the initiative will offer awards in three competitive categories: public-private partnerships that expand infrastructure and capacity for state universities to meet employer needs; programs to expand employer investment in workforce pipelines; and, workforce solutions that provide flexible funding for innovative workforce development projects such as those targeting advanced industries or underrepresented populations.

The program will complement the state’s regional economic development council (REDC) program, a similar effort that pools together disjointed state resources. As part of the new initiative, each of the state’s 10 REDCs will recommend workforce projects that align with each council’s economic development strategic planning priorities.

The Workforce Development Initiative was originally announced at the governor’s 2018 State of the State address alongside a new office of workforce development and a one-stop-shop for workforce.


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