Harkin: $2 Million Coming to Create Nearly 350 Jobs for Dislocated Iowa Workers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 09:43
Washington, D.C. – September 27, 2010 - Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today applauded a decision by the Unites States Department of Labor (DOL) to release $2 million in funding to Iowa Workforce Development, which will use the grant to create about 350 temporary jobs for eligible dislocated workers.  The workers will assist with clean-up and recovery efforts in the wake of severe storms, flooding, and tornadoes in July and August of this year.  

“Iowa has weathered storms both natural and economic over the past few years,” Harkin said. “Today’s funding will help repair some of that damage by putting Iowans to work rebuilding our state by reconstructing infrastructure and helping move Iowa toward a stronger economic future.”   

Today’s funds will be used to provide temporary employment on projects assisting with clean-up, demolition, repair, renovation, and reconstruction of destroyed public structures and lands.  The grant may also be used to perform work on the homes of economically disadvantaged individuals who are eligible for the Federally-funded weatherization program, with priority given to services for the elderly and individuals with disabilities.

Today’s grant of $2,000,000 is part of a total of up to $5,800,000 that DOL has allocated for this project.  The balance of the funds will be released as justified by enrollment and expenditure levels.  The grant is funded by resources made available for National Emergency Grants. The geographic areas covered by this funding are:  the counties of Adams, Appanoose, Audubon, Black Hawk, Boone, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Calhoun, Cherokee, Clarke, Clay, Clayton, Dallas, Davis, Decatur, Delaware, Dickinson, Dubuque, Emmet, Fayette, Franklin, Guthrie, Hamilton, Howard, Humboldt, Ida, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Lucas, Lyon, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Mills, Monroe, Montgomery, O'Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Polk, Ringgold, Shelby, Sioux, Story, Union, Van Buren, Wapello, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster and Wright.

National Emergency Grants are part of the Secretary of Labor’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines.  For more information, visit http://www.doleta.gov/NEG.
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