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Two Local Groups Awarded Workforce Development Grants

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Governor Cuomo yesterday (February 24) announced more than $3M in workforce development grants for nearly 70 business and organizations across New York, including a pair in Cortland County.

Receiving grants in the latest round of the state’s Workforce Development Initiative are Ames Linen Service and Marathon Boat Group, Inc.

Their grants are part of an overall package that will be used to support professional training opportunities for more than 3,600 employees statewide.

So far, the program’s awarded $12M and will gradually reach $175 million and train more than 8,200 New Yorkers.

“These awards will provide thousands of people with the training and skills they need to compete in today’s fast-growing industries, and ready to take on the jobs of tomorrow,” Governor Cuomo said. “The state’s workforce must adapt in order to take advantage of the rapidly changing economy, and our Workforce Development Initiative is giving New Yorkers the edge they need to succeed.”

In December 2019, Marathon Boat Group also received two workforce development grants adding up to $870,000,  which is being used to expand the business and create 20-40 jobs over the next few years.

Previous awardees winners from the area also include Intertek and Coffee Mania, both of which were applied for through Tompkins Cortland Community College. (click either link for more info)

The state’s various Regional Economic Development Councils play a key role in recommending applications for funding, which are based on economic needs and opportunities.

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