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Governor Hochul Launches Application For North Country’s $10 Million Next Move NY Workforce Development Initiative For Transitioning Soldiers

Next Move NY Will Help to Strengthen Workforce Development Opportunities for Transitioning Fort Drum Soldiers and Spouses 

North Country REDC Program Supported by $10 Million Award from Round XIII of Governor Hochul’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative – Application Available Here

Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization Also Awarded $1 Million to Support Activities to Enhance the Military Value of the Base to the U.S. Army     

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that the application is now open for the $10 million Next Move NY initiative – the North Country Regional Economic Development Council’s award-winning strategy to strengthen workforce opportunities for transitioning soldiers and their families. Next Move NY will consider projects that will create a workforce development pipeline to retain local soldiers and their spouses by providing opportunities that support, educate and train the more than 3,600 soldiers that transition out of service at Fort Drum each year. Intent to propose applications are available here and may be submitted through Friday, May 3. 

"Fort Drum is vital to the North Country's economy, and the soldiers and spouses who currently serve and live here are the key to unlocking the full economic potential for this region," Governor Hochul said. "Next Move NY is creating a robust workforce training pipeline to help soldiers and their spouses receive in-demand job training while connecting them with employers, allowing them to thrive, succeed and ultimately stay in the North Country."

“The North Country is proudly home to New York’s largest single-site employer, Fort Drum, and through the Next Move NY initiative this region can support our military families and expand workforce development opportunities. Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado, Chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils, said. “This is an incredible way to capitalize on the North Country’s unique regional workforce assets and support our soldiers beginning a new chapter.” 

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "The North Country has a long history of manufacturing, from transportation to advanced manufacturing to agriculture. The potential to attract industries that rely on a well-trained and ready-made workforce right here in the North Country. This initiative will not only help those companies that call the North Country home but will provide trained workers for New York State companies in other regions, keeping our State workforce in New York." 

Read the full press release here.