He’s tasked with seeding thousands of new jobs in Pittsburgh — whether Amazon comes or not

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As Amazon’s decision on where to build its second headquarters nears, Earl Buford is often up at night with a notepad. Mr. Buford, a new arrival to Pittsburgh, is still settling into his home in the Strip District. Yet as the new CEO of PittsburghWorks , the workforce development agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County,…

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Department of Labor awards grant to MUS partner organizations

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$7.85 million will help recruit, retrain dislocated workers The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Partner4Work (P4W), other partner cities of Midwest Urban Strategies (MUS), and other western PA workforce boards nearly $8 million in Trade and Economic Transition Dislocated Worker grant funding to help mature dislocated workers reconnect with employment in growth occupations and industries.…

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EmployIndy leading collaborative effort on work-based learning initiative

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There are an estimated 30,000 youth and young adults who are disconnected from education and employment in central Indiana. According to EmployIndy, a Midwest Urban Strategies member, the disconnect results from a variety of factors including homelessness, criminal history, lack of family support, and inadequate access to job training. EmployIndy is trying to help through…

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JobsMobile on the Move is an opportunity on wheels for Ohio jobs seekers

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When Lisa Patt-McDaniel became Chief Executive Officer of the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio almost two years ago, she inherited a huge recreational vehicle equipped with a dozen computers, a TV screen mounted on the side, and the ability to hold classes inside the RV. Rather than see an expensive over-sized, gas-guzzling camper, Patt-McDaniel…

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Tech Companies Are Choosing Chicago

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When Amazon began searching for a home for a second headquarters with 50,000 jobs, it visited five locations in Chicago, including the planned 80-acre Lincoln Yards development on the North Side. Amazon is expected to announce its choice among 20 cities in late September, while announcements of other tech companies expanding or moving to Chicago…

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Midwest Urban Strategies members visiting with Congress in Washington

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Later this month, executives from Midwest Urban Strategies and several of our members and partners will be in Washington, D.C. as part of the annual the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council Board meeting. In advance of that meeting, MUS staff have been reaching out to various members of their respective delegations, both on…

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Partners Act will provide job seekers with skills they need to succeed

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Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin announced legislation recently to expand apprenticeships and public-private partnerships. Under the proposal known as the Partners Act (Pairing Apprenticeships with Regional Training Networks to meet Employer Requirements), states would request funds from the Labor Department to start or expand public-private apprenticeship initiatives. “In Wisconsin, I’ve seen how public-private partnerships can best…

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‘We must build workers’ skills more effectively to ensure a bright economic future’

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Ivanka Trump has it right in her recent letter to the Dallas Morning News. When our employer partners are asked what the most frequent barriers are to meeting their hiring needs, education and skills are routinely listed in their top five. The workforce system has stepped up to fill these gaps, but resources (like Pell…

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America’s Promise helps Minneapolis woman’s ‘dream come true’

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Jane is a Minneapolis resident that received tuition support through the America’s Promise funding to be able to enroll in a Full Stack Engineering boot camp at Prime Digital Academy. Though she had earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, she had experience some bumps in life and had wrestled with substance abuse before successfully completing…

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Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio Helping Young Adults

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We’re excited to announce the first in what we’re sure will be a long line of blog posts highlighting the success of Midwest Urban Strategies and our partners. This week we’re excited to highlight the work of the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio and the program they oversee focused on addressing the needs of…

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