TALLAHASSEE – At the request of Governor Charlie Crist, Florida has been awarded a $7 million National Emergency Grant (NEG) to provide employment-related assistance to dislocated workers affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The grant, which will be administered by the Agency for Workforce Innovation, will assist workers projected to be laid off as a result of the oil spill.
On May 6, 2010, Governor Crist sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a $50 million NEG from the United States Department of Labor as part of Florida’s response to the Deepwater Horizon Incident. On June 30, 2010, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced the award to Florida.
"The people of Florida who rely on the beaches and waters of the Gulf of Mexico for their livelihoods are hurting,” said Governor Crist. “I am grateful to Secretary Solis for these funds, which we will put to work as soon as possible in the areas most severely affected by the oil spill.”
Agency for Workforce Innovation Director Cynthia Lorenzo added: “The backbone of Florida’s economy is our business community. By quickly providing relief to the people and industries affected by this event, we will greatly enhance Florida’s recovery efforts.”
The funds provided by this grant will help workers who are laid off as a result of the oil spill to obtain employment, reemployment and long-term training services to assist them in becoming reemployed in other industries.
The counties covered by this funding are Bay, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Dade, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Monroe, Okaloosa, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Taylor, Wakulla and Walton.
The agency is working closely with the U.S. Department of Labor to expedite the release of this critical funding and will continue to provide updates as they become available.
For more information about this grant, contact the Agency for Workforce Innovation at 877-362-5034.
To learn more about Florida’s response and recovery efforts, visit: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/default.htm.
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