Five State Groups Receive Impact Partnership Grants for Workforce Investment | Local business news

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A Broken Arrow organization is among five groups to receive an Impact Partnership Grant to invest in workforce growth.

On Thursday, the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development (GCWED) and the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development (OOWD) announced the awards, which will fill high-demand positions in the state and will work to build relationships between business, education, workforce development, economic development, and government and community agencies.

The Office of Workforce Development granted applicants, including Broken Arrow Economic Development Corp. (BAEDC), up to $175,000 to invest in their industry-led collaborative community projects. A total of $1 million in funding will be allocated to award winners, extension projects and regional workforce councils.

Other grantees are the Oklahoma Rural Water Association (ORWA), The STEAM Engine, Enid Regional Development Alliance, and Southern Workforce Board.

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Additionally, the Office of Workforce Development has offered qualified award winners from last year an extension of $50,000 to continue their work this fiscal year.

“The purpose of the Impact Partnership Grants is to connect business and industry to workforce services through local collaboration and leadership,” said Don Morris, Executive Director of the Office of Workforce Development, in a press release. “The application process was a roadmap to success and the five winners are poised to make a lasting difference to Oklahoma’s workforce. Special thanks to the Board of Governor for making these grants possible.”