Governor Cuomo Announces Round 3 Awards from Western New York Workforce Development Challenge

More Than $1.5 Million Awarded to Four Local Not-for-Profits to Support Workforce Training in Technology, Tourism and Advanced Manufacturing Sectors

April 14, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $1.5 million from the third round of funding of the Western New York Workforce Development Challenge has been awarded to four local not-for-profit organizations. The program, part of the Governor's Buffalo Billion initiative, helps ensure Western New York's workforce pipeline is being responsive to industry demands, and invests in innovative approaches to workforce training for underserved populations. 

"These program awardees will provide professionals with the training and skills they need to compete in today's fast-growing industries and help New York build back better," Governor Cuomo said. "The state's workforce must adapt in order to take full advantage of the opportunities in the rapidly changing economy, and our Workforce Development Challenge is giving Western New Yorkers the edge they need to succeed."  

Following the completion of Round 2 awards in fall of 2020, a third program round launched in December to help address an increase in pandemic-related unemployment by expediting the availability of additional workforce development resources.  The grants will be administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

"Job training is a critical tool to reimagine our economy so that it is inclusive to all and make sure no one falls behind," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "Today's announcement provides a pathway to connect Western New Yorkers with the skills and training for the jobs in information technology, tourism and advanced manufacturing, making success accessible to all."

Read the full press release here.