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The First 32 Winners of Multi-Million-Dollar Federal Workforce Grants

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On Aug. 3, the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration announced grant awards to 32 industry-led workforce training partnerships in 31 states and Puerto Rico as part of the $500 million Good Jobs Challenge funded by the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan. The Good Jobs Challenge is part of the American Rescue Plan’s group of programs developed by EDA to distribute $3 billion allocated to assist communities recovering from the pandemic. (Click here to see the largest cases of COVID-19 relief fraud.)

To identify the entities getting millions from the government, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 32 projects awarded American Rescue Plan grants according to an announcement on Aug. 3 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. The projects were selected out of 509 applicants competing in the $500 million Good Jobs Challenge, a workforce training program developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.

The administration hopes that the 32 winners – among them chambers of commerce, healthcare entities, education institutions, and regional economic development corporations – will create a combined total of at least 50,000 jobs, Raimondo said in a Zoom briefing with the media. 

The 32 awardees will train workers in 15 key industries essential to supply chains, global competitiveness, regional development, and equitable economic growth. Among the sectors targeted are energy, health care, manufacturing, and Information technology.

 Many of the winning proposals are aimed at addressing unemployment and under-employment, formerly imprisoned people, veterans, those with disabilities, rural Americans, and indigenous people. 

Click here to see the first 32 winners of multi-million-dollar federal workforce grants.

Seven entities received awards of more than $23 million. The WTIA Workforce Institute, which manages apprenticeship programs in technology for underserved communities, got $23.5 million for programs in 11 states. (These are the most and least federally dependent states.)

Source: Courtesy of United Way of Central Iowa via Facebook

32. United Way of Central Iowa
> Grant: $1,794,717
> Industry: Healthcare
> State: Iowa

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Source: Courtesy of SOWIB - Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board via Facebook

31. Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board
> Grant: $3,439,407
> Industry: Transportation, distribution, and logistics
> State: Oregon

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30. Lakota Funds
> Grant: $5,000,000
> Industry: Building and construction
> State: South Dakota

Source: Courtesy of New Mexico Economic Development Department via Facebook

29. North Central New Mexico Economic Development District
> Grant: $6,353,173
> Industry: Healthcare; Building and construction
> State: New Mexico

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Source: Courtesy of Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce via Facebook

28. Charleston Chamber Foundation
> Grant: $8,423,552
> Industry: Healthcare
> State: South Carolina

27. Dallas College
> Grant: $8,760,995
> Industry: Bio-medical
> State: Texas

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Source: Courtesy of West Fargo Chamber of Commerce via Facebook

26. The Chamber Foundation
> Grant: $9,621,600
> Industry: Agriculture and food production; Information technology; manufacturing
> State: North Dakota & Minnesota

Source: Courtesy of Alaska Primary Care Association via Facebook

25. Alaska Primary Care Association
> Grant: $9,706,966
> Industry: Healthcare
> State: Alaska

24. Miami Dade College
> Grant: $9,999,939
> Industry: Information technology
> State: Florida

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23. City of Birmingham
> Grant: $10,764,981
> Industry: Healthcare
> State: Alabama

Source: Courtesy of Hampton Roads Workforce Council via Facebook

22. Hampton Roads Workforce Council
> Grant: $11,006,941
> Industry: Water and blue economy; energy and resilience
> State: Virginia & North Carolina

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Source: Courtesy of UnidosUS via Facebook

21. UnidosUS
> Grant: $11,380,401
> Industry: Aerospace & defense; Building and construction; financial and professional services
> State: Puerto Rico & Colorado

Source: Courtesy of Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area via Facebook

20. Workforce Solutions Rural Capital
> Grant: $12,087,373
> Industry: Building and construction; Information technology; Healthcare
> State: Texas

19. Illinois Central College
> Grant: $14,641,135
> Industry: Information technology
> State: Illinois

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Source: Courtesy of Nevadaworks via Facebook

18. Nevadaworks
> Grant: $14,895,601
> Industry: Healthcare; information technology; manufacturing; Transportation, distribution, and logistics
> State: Nevada

Source: Courtesy of Persevere via Facebook

17. Persevere
> Grant: $15,368,492
> Industry: Information technology
> State: Tennessee

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16. University of Hawaii
> Grant: $16,351,025
> Industry: Healthcare; information technology; energy and resilience; film, arts, & media
> State: Hawaii

Source: ChrisBoswell / iStock via Getty Images

15. City of Springfield
> Grant: $17,500,000
> Industry: Healthcare; Transportation, distribution, and logistics; Education
> State: Missouri

Source: Courtesy of Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership via Facebook

14. Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership
> Grant: $18,548,723
> Industry: Healthcare; manufacturing; transportation, distribution, and logistics; information technology
> State: Illinois

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Source: Courtesy of NYC Human Resources Administration via Facebook

13. City of New York Human Resources Administration
> Grant: $18,637,748
> Industry: Transportation, distribution, and logistics; building and construction
> State: New York

Source: Courtesy of Foundation for California Community Colleges via Facebook

12. Foundation for California Community Colleges
> Grant: $21,464,202
> Industry: Forestry and fire safety
> State: California

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Source: Tiago_Fernandez / iStock via Getty Images

11. Mid-South Center for Occupational Innovation
> Grant: $21,524,841
> Industry: Building and construction; manufacturing; transportation, distribution, and logistics
> State: Arkansas, Mississippi, & West Tennessee

Source: Courtesy of Philadelphia Works via Facebook

10. Philadelphia Works, Inc
> Grant: $22,776,361
> Industry: Healthcare; building and construction; energy and resilience
> State: Pennsylvania

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9. Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees
> Grant: $22,871,501
> Industry: Transportation, distribution, and logistics; healthcare; manufacturing; education
> State: Florida

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8. Maryland Department of Labor
> Grant: $22,952,185
> Industry: Energy and resilience
> State: Maryland

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7. Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston
> Grant: $23,002,304
> Industry: Healthcare; energy and resilience; childcare
> State: Massachusetts

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Source: Courtesy of Fresno County Economic Development Corporation via Facebook

6. Fresno County Economic Development Corporation
> Grant: $23,015,216
> Industry: Professional and financial services; transportation, distribution, and logistics; manufacturing; building and construction
> State: California

Source: Courtesy of The Ohio Manufacturers' Association via Facebook

5. Ohio Manufacturers’ Association Educational and Industrial Development Institute
> Grant: $23,492,808
> Industry: Manufacturing
> State: Ohio

Source: Courtesy of Washington Student Achievement Council via Facebook

4. Washington Student Achievement Council
> Grant: $23,500,000
> Industry: Healthcare; information technology; financial and professional services; energy and resilience; manufacturing; building and construction
> State: Washington

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Source: Courtesy of Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) via Facebook

3. WTIA Workforce Institute
> Grant: $23,500,000
> Industry: System development
> State: Nationwide (WA, MO, AL, VA, TX, NV, PA, NJ, NC, LA, OH)

2. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
> Grant: $23,687,365
> Industry: Energy and resilience
> State: North Carolina

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1. Office of Workforce Strategy
> Grant: $23,930,442
> Industry: Manufacturing; healthcare; information technology, bio-medical
> State: Connecticut

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