State of Ohio, Ohio Manufacturers’ Association Awarded $23.5 Million Federal ‘Good Jobs Challenge’ Grant | Governor Mike DeWine – Governor Mike DeWine

by | Aug 3, 2022 | Jobs

Statewide coalition of industry sector partnerships, state agencies, and other strategic partners will carry out three-year workforce development action plan focused on recruiting and upskilling workers in Ohio’s manufacturing, broadband, and electric vehicle sectors.

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—The State of Ohio and the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association (OMA) have been awarded a three-year, $23,492,808 federal grant through the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) $500 million Good Jobs Challenge program.

The initiative aims to strengthen workforce partnerships that lead to well-paying jobs. Awardees were announced by EDA today, Aug. 3. The OMA-State of Ohio proposal is one of 32 grants funded nationwide.

The proposal highlights partnerships on initiatives, partner support, and more than $100 million in leveraged funds from entities including the Ohio Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, Ohio Department of Development, JobsOhio, Ohio MEP, Ohio Department of Higher Education, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and others.

“By providing Ohioans with opportunities to upskill or be trained in cutting-edge careers, we will grow Ohio’s workforce, especially in the manufacturing, broadband, and electric vehicle sectors,” Governor Mike DeWine said. “We want to continue to help provide Ohio employers with qualified workers in order to grow their businesses, and this grant will help us do just that.”

Strong alignment and close collaboration with leading state officials is essential to this initiative.

“Since the start of the DeWine-Husted Administration, we have focused on creating opportunities to upskill and reskill Ohioans at all levels, including through programs such as TechCred and IMAP,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted, who serves as director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation. “While the Good Jobs Challenge grant will mainly focus on upskilling Ohioans for jobs in the manufacturing industry, strengthening this sector will only help strengthen Ohio’s economy and the rest of our workforce as a whole.”

“The level of collaboration and commitment from state partners is unprecedented for a funding request of this magnitude,” said OMA President Ryan Augsburger. “Ohio is the third largest manufacturing state in terms of jobs, and it is a national leader in emerging technologies. Manufacturers statewide have an extreme demand for skilled workers, which is what we intend to address with this EDA investment.”

50,000-plus Annual Job Openings Over Next 36 Months

In recent years, the OMA has helped establish a statewide network of industry sector partnerships (ISPs). With the resources from the Good Jobs Challenge grant, each ISP will receive up to $930,000 to carry out various elements of the program.

Ohio’s ISP network has a colle …

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