Governor Cuomo Announces Western New York Workforce Development Challenge Awardees

Six Local Not-for-Profits to Receive $4.2 Million to Support Workforce Training in Advanced Manufacturing, Health and Life Sciences, and Energy Sectors

December 14, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $4.2 million in funding from the first round the Western New York Workforce Development Challenge has been awarded to six local not-for-profit organizations. The program will ensure the region's workforce pipeline meets industry demands in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, health and life sciences, and energy. The grants will be administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and Empire State Development, the state's economic development agency.

"Workforce development is critical to any thriving economy, and this funding will provide local not-for-profits the resources they need to train workers in the jobs of the future," Governor Cuomo said."With these investments, we are providing New Yorkers with the skills necessary to meet the demands of a 21st century economy and at the same time encouraging businesses to continue investing in Western New York."

"Investing in our workforce is essential for continued growth in Buffalo and Western New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today's announcement. "In order to keep up with the needs of the labor market, New York must lead the way to train workers in advanced manufacturing, health care, and energy to close the skills gap and create a pipeline of talent for employers. The Workforce Development Challenge Awards will target resources to ensure training is available across Western New York for good-paying jobs that will move our economy forward."

Read the full press release here.