U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $498,838 in federal funding for Broome-Tioga Workforce NY (BTWF). The funding was allocated through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and will help workers and businesses through the BTWF Ready for Work Project. The project aims to help individuals in substance use disorder (SUD) recovery find suitable and sustainable employment and revitalize businesses through care coordination and support to employers and their leadership teams.
“This critical federal investment will train workers for the jobs in growing parts of the economy in Broome County. This will not only revitalize local business, but also support those in substance use disorder recovery as they seek employment,” said Senator Schumer. “I will continue to fight tooth and nail to make sure our workers have the skills and support they need to secure high-quality, good-paying jobs, further making upstate New York a top location for employers to invest and create new jobs.”
“It is vital that we support our communities facing workforce challenges by providing individuals with the support and resources needed to secure employment,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This federal funding will help ensure individuals and businesses have the resources they need to thrive in Broome County. I am proud to deliver this funding and will continue fighting for federal resources to grow New York’s workforce.”
In addition to ARC funding, $192,000 in local match funding will be provided by the Addiction Center of Broome County (ACBC) and $403,494 in local match funding will be provided by BTWF, bringing the total project funding to $1,094,332.
This ARC support is part of the Investments Supporting Partnerships In Recovery Ecosystems (INSPIRE) Initiative. ARC is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 423 counties across the Appalachian region. More information can be found here.