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At The WorkPlace, Inc., timely and relevant data is essential to successful grant applications. A vibrant example came when the workforce board used EMSI to land a federal training grant expected to help 350 people find jobs.
Research Into Green Economy Opens Doors
As Southwestern Connecticut’s Regional Workforce Development Board, The WorkPlace, Inc. develops and oversees a multitude of programs to help people prepare for careers and strengthens the workforce for employers. One of The WorkPlace’s programs is the bluegreen Research Institute, a fee-for-service grant writing and research operation that supports internal research needs of the WorkPlace and assists a host of other workforce and economic development groups across the country.
In 2007, Michael McCarthy, Director of bluegreen, started researching the potential green economy – well before it had picked up momentum on the national level. McCarthy and his colleagues helped a consortium of New York workforce boards win a grant from the state Department of Labor to look at creating a pipeline of green job talent.
EMSI played a critical role in [gauging the health of green] occupations for us. That kind of raw data and analysis helped us secure the grant. We had good data to start planning our approach.”
— Michael McCarthy, Director, bluegreen Research Institute
Their analysis in New York piqued the interest of Bill Finch, Mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut. He commissioned a study with bluegreen and other partners to examine green jobs in the Bridgeport area. “That was kind of the landmark study that helped The WorkPlace apply for the U.S. Department of Labor’s for a Pathways out of Poverty grant,” McCarthy explained.
The WorkPlace secured the $4 million DOL grant and was charged with identifying green jobs in Bridgeport – which ones were growing and the key skills associated with the green economy. “EMSI played a critical role in [gauging the health of] those occupations for us,” McCarthy said. “That kind of raw data and analysis helped us secure the grant. We had good data to start planning our approach.”
Grant Helps Trains 500 Out-Of-Work Bridgeport Residents
Pinpointing the right occupations and analyzing their growth potential through EMSI was critical, McCarthy noted, because of the resources and funds that went into subsequent training programs. As a result of the Pathways out of Poverty grant, The WorkPlace created four tiers of training in its “Green-Up Bridgeport” program.
The program has trained 500 Bridgeport residents and led to full-time employment for 100 of those people as of late July, according to the Connecticut Post. The goal, per stipulations of the grant, is for 350 area residents to find permanent jobs through the program.
According to Joseph Carbone, President and CEO of The WorkPlace, Inc., “Anytime we can bring resources to a highly impoverished area, it’s not a single act. It’s always in partnership with community organizations, government leaders, and local businesses that care about strong neighborhoods. Having good, solid data enables our projects to remain focused on metrics that will have measurable outcomes.”
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