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The state of Nevada has been awarded up to $100,000 in grant funding to support workforce development programs.
The funding comes from the National Governors Association and the Cognizant U.S. Foundation to improve employment outcomes in response to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nevada is one of nine states to receive the initial grants to develop a state action plan and innovations that increase employment and improve workforce outcomes.
Gov. Steve Sisolak said the grant and the support from the association staff and national experts is great news for the state. He said it will reinforce the state’s commitment to workforce development providing essential training services and expanding employment opportunities.
Timothy Blute of the governor’s association said the effects of the pandemic have necessitated partnerships among governmental leaders, business and civic communities. He said job gains in professional business services and education were offset by losses in leisure and hospitality sectors , retail trade, health care and transportation. He said those trends underscore the need to breakdown traditional silos in training and service delivery.
Kristen Titus, head of Cognizant U.S. Foundation, said the workforce innovation fund grants will help states expand capacity to coordinate cross-agency economic recovery efforts.
Nevada is one of the states hardest hit especially by the damage to the leisure and hospitality sector, Nevada’s largest employer.