From Mayor Hutto:
I’m exciting to announce that the Workforce Board and their fiscal agent, Workforce Essentials received a $896,000 grant from the TN Community CARES program as part of the Governor’s $150 million initiative for non-Profits under the federal CARES Act. The two part grant will:
1.) Assist small businesses in rural counties, expanding to larger counties if funding is available.
2.) Provide free technology to individuals to assist with virtual training with a priority on hi-set (GED) students in all 13 counties
• Priority rural counties to be served are Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Robertson, Stewart, and Trousdale. (Expand to larger counties in two weeks if funding is available.)
• 50 or fewer employees.
• Up to $10,000 can be awarded for employer expenses such as layoff aversion, workforce training or reimbursement of PPE due to COVID from April 1, 2020 to November 1, 2020.
• Employers must submit for reimbursement with all required documentation before November 6, 2020.
• 750 devices- a combination of laptops and tablets with keyboards have been ordered.
• Must be a resident of one of the 13 Northern Middle counties.
• Adult Education students will receive priority of service, then first come first serve.
• The recommending agency representative will complete the application with the customer and ensure all requirements are met as listed on the application.
• Applications cannot come from the customer but from a local education or workforce agency representative.
• Devices will be issued to Adult education students, Unemployed, Underemployed, who are in need of a device to attend online training or education or upskilling course to enhance employment.
• Devices will be distributed from the AJC once received and appointments made with awardees for pickup.