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For Immediate Release:
December 21, 2011
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Secretary of State Cesar Perales Announces Recipients of
Workforce Development Grants in 11 Communities in Upstate New York

More than $2 million in aid provided statewide to provide job training, job skills development,
job placement and retention programs and ESL training

Hudson - Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales announced that the New York Department of State (DOS) is providing more than $2 million in Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) Workforce Development Grants to 21 communities across New York. The eleven upstate recipients were announced today, with more than $1 million awarded to eleven communities across upstate New York. The Secretary previously announced the 10 New York City region grantees on Monday at the Chinese American Planning Council in Manhattan.

The program is just one of many efforts being implemented by Governor Cuomo’s administration to help struggling New Yorkers find employment opportunities. The CSBG funds will enable Community Action Agencies throughout the state to provide underserved communities with a variety of employment related services including workforce development, job training, job skills development, job placement and retention programs, English as second language training, and financial and civic literacy programs.

“These funds will go directly to the communities that need it the most and will provide our underserved populations with vital services that can help them find jobs in this tough economy,” said Secretary Perales. “Providing high needs communities with job training and intensive skill development in high demand industries is essential to getting our economy moving again. I’m extremely proud that we are able to assist community organizations that are committed to helping those most in need.”

Federal CSBG funds are administered by the New York Department of State. A portion of the funds are authorized to be competitively awarded to community action agencies (CAAs) working to alleviate conditions of poverty and empower economic mobility for low-income persons. In 2008, DOS used these funds to pioneer a ground-breaking competitive grant program to support and encourage some of the state’s most innovative and effective local not-for-profit programming. Since then, awards have grown from $30,000 for top scoring applicants to upwards of $100,000 this year. The New York model is seen by many states as the most effective system in providing impoverished communities with opportunities for employment and job growth.

“CSBG grantees are on the forefront of developing employment programs and strategies that meet local business and occupational needs, including apprenticeships and internships in the construction field; development of business plans so that individuals can start and operate small businesses; and state-of-the-art green jobs training. Last year, more than 20,000 unemployed New Yorkers obtained a job through CSBG programs and services,” said Deputy Secretary Dede Scozzafava.

A list of grant awardees from the upstate region and a description of their programs is available here: (word) (html)

“We are very pleased that our application for this CSBG workforce development grant was selected,” said Columbia Opportunities Executive Director Tina Sharpe. “This funding will allow us to continue serving adults and youth in our community - helping them to find and keep a job. Columbia Opportunities' Hudson Family Literacy Program proves that when given sufficient support and attention – adults and teens can gain the skills and knowledge needed to become self reliant. We welcome the opportunity to build upon and strengthen this community partnership.”