Governor Cuomo Announces $9.5 Million Awarded as Part of New York's Historic Workforce Development Initiative

March 2, 2021

75 Businesses, Schools and Community-Based Organizations to Receive Funding for Workforce Development

Awards Will Fund In-Demand Skills Training for Nearly 5,000 New Yorkers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 75 businesses, schools, and community-based organizations across the state have been awarded nearly $9.5 million as part of the State's historic Workforce Development Initiative. Funding and incentives provided by Department of Labor, Empire State Development and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will support critical job training and employment opportunities in high-demand industries for nearly 5,000 New Yorkers across the State.

"When the COVID-19 crisis hit and New York's economy took a turn for the worse, the state's Workforce Development Initiative became even more vital to our longtime goal of making sure everyone, regardless of background, has access to a good job," Governor Cuomo said. "We're providing greater economic opportunity to New Yorkers and addressing the business needs of companies committed to growing here, and these awards will help companies across the state train workers in marketable skills that they can use to get good jobs and help move New York's economy forward." 

"The economic impact of COVID-19 has completely upended the traditional workplace, and we need a job training strategy that reflects the changing environment," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "As chair of New York State's Regional Economic Development Councils, I am proud that our Workforce Development Initiative will continue to keep our state ahead of the curve and create a more inclusive post-pandemic future where opportunity is accessible to all New Yorkers."

Read the full press release here.