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The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced Thursday that $2 million will be awarded to 8 communities through the Work Force Development Program.

Knox and Martin counties as well as the city of Tell City in Perry County are among those from Southwestern Indiana. Each will receive $250,000 in grant funding for the implementation of new training programs to address the skills needs of the local workforce within the community or region.

The Work Force Development Program is funded through the federal Community Development Block Grant with the goal of bolstering workforce development as a long-term economic development strategy. Eligible activities range from sector based strategies that focus on specific industry needs to problem-focused strategies to implementation measures.

Martin County in partnership with Lawrence, Greene, and Daviess counties has been awarded $250,000 to assist with a workforce development program. The program includes training for unemployed and underemployed workers into the fields of CNC machining, electronics, and information & security technology. The training supports the workforce of the Base of Crane, defense industry contractors, and regional manufacturers with skilled workers.

The City of Tell City, in Perry County, along with the Perry County Business and Industrial Development Corporation has been awarded $250,000 for a workforce development program. The SWIM-Plus training program will be offered throughout the region of Perry, Spencer, Dubois and Crawford Counties.

For more information about the Workforce Development Program, contact your regional Community Liaison with questions and visit OCRA’s Workforce Development Program webpage.

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs works with local, state, and national partners to provide resources and technical assistance to assist communities in shaping and achieving their vision for community and economic development.

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