U.S. Economic Development Administration awards Nevada organization $14 million for workforce development program

CARSON CITY, NV – August 03, 2022

Nevada was awarded more than $14 million today to help more Nevadans reach their full potential and secure good-paying jobs that are vital to building competitive economies and a thriving middle class.

Nevadaworks, Northern Nevada’s hub for job seekers, was awarded a $14,895,601 grant today by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) within the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Nevadaworks is one of 32 grant recipients across the country as part of the EDA’s $500 million Good Jobs Challenge, aimed at supporting equitable pathways to quality jobs across the country.

The grant for Nevadaworks is expected to support job placement for 648 jobs with a focus on healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, and the transportation, distribution and logistics industries.

“As our economy continues to grow to new heights, we need to ensure that our State prioritizes opportunities for underserved communities and supports organizations doing on-the-ground work to get Nevadans into good-paying jobs,” said Governor Steve Sisolak. “I’m grateful to the Economic Development Administration for recognizing the hard work being put in by Nevadaworks to connect our rural and indigenous communities to lucrative jobs and industries.”

Video of the Governor’s full message can be viewed here.

“We appreciate the support from the Economic Development Administration and the State so we can continue our critically important work on behalf of those living and working in Northern Nevada,” said Milt Stewart, the Chief Executive Officer of Nevadaworks. “We want to make sure individuals trying to join the workforce - or trying to advance in their careers - have every opportunity to do so. That helps us bring a more prepared workforce to Northern Nevada.”

The Good Jobs Challenge awarded grants to awardees providing tangible opportunity and security for American workers, particularly women, people of color and workers from historically underserved communities – as well as connecting employers with the trained workforce they need to grow and remain competitive.

Nevadaworks is the Northern Nevada local workforce development board and receives funding from the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) through Title I Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) subgrants from the Department of Labor to service the Adult, Dislocated Workers and Youth.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) wrote a letter of support for the organization for this grant opportunity as did the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation (GOWINN), the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DWSS), and the Western Nevada Development District.

Nevadaworks is building a regional workforce system to place workers into jobs across four key industry sectors – manufacturing, healthcare services, information technology and transportation/logistics. The Northern Nevada Equity in Employment Project includes four backbone organizations: Nevada Industry Excellence (manufacturing backbone, a Manufacturing Extension Partnership center), Nevada Hospital Association (healthcare), the Economic Development Authority for Western Nevada (information technology) and Truckee Meadows Community College (transportation/logistics).

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