Bonamici Praises New $5 million Investment in Oregon’s Workforce

Jun 14, 2012 Issues: Jobs and Economy

PORTLAND, OR – Today the US Department of Labor (DoL) announced a $5.4 million grant for Worksystems, Inc., a regional workforce board serving Multomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties (also Clark County in Washington). The grant, part of DoL’s Workforce Innovation Funds, seeks to strengthen the alliance between Worksystems, Inc. and Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) and provide Oregonians the skills training necessary to find gainful employment.

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) made the following statement upon receiving news of the grant:
“Workforce development is a critical part of closing our nation’s skills gap and growing our economy. This grant will help Worksystems, Inc. and PHAs provide residents with the resources and training to attain self-sufficiency and  career advancement. This is great news for our region.”

Andrew McGough, Executive Director of Worksystems shared the Congresswoman’s excitement:
“This grant is an exciting opportunity for this region to lead the nation in innovative workforce systems development. By weaving together the efforts of multiple programs, we will be able to more efficiently identify opportunities and get Oregonians back to work.”