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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
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For Immediate Release

June 11, 1999


County Executive Asked to Make Presentation on the InVEST Program Steinhaus Takes Economic Development to Next Level


Poughkeepsie, NY - County Executive William R. Steinhaus has been asked by NYS Budget Director Robert King to make a presentation tomorrow, June 15th to key state officials and Upstate Roundtable on Manufacturing representatives on Dutchess County's pilot InVEST program. The InVEST (Individual Vocational Education and Skills Training) program will utilize federal Workforce Investment Act dollars in combination with other funding sources to provide vouchers for job training. The meeting will take place in Albany.

"Although we have been quite successful at rebuilding our economy and adding 8000 new jobs to the county, there is always more work to do," said Steinhaus. "In order to attract the best employers and quality jobs paying good salaries, we have to insure that Dutchess County has a top notch workforce. The InVEST program is one vehicle which I and the Economic Development Corporation intend to use to prepare our workforce for the future."

The pilot InVEST program will provide access to available jobs, and Dutchess County employers will get assistance in training and recruiting a qualified workforce. "This program helps those who do not have jobs acquire the skills they need to land one and assists those who do have a job acquire the skills needed to increase their earnings potential," Steinhaus noted. "Just like an athlete, the more we train, the more we can achieve."

The InVEST program will be initiated through the Dutchess County One-Stop system. A computer program will be able to determine which of the following funding resources would apply to an applicant: Welfare-to-Work, Loans/Non-targeted education resources, Economic Development Funds, Employer Training Funds, Employer Tax Credits, State Funding Pool, TAP or Pell Grants, JTPA, VESID, DSS, or DOL funds. "We are establishing a system in which individuals and employers looking for assistance can gain access to training funds and programs," said Kathleen Sullivan Norat, President of Dutchess County Economic Development Corp. "This is a way in which we can develop a highly competitive workforce."

Training agencies and their curricula will be reviewed and approved though the local Workforce Investment Board (WIB). These training agencies include Dutchess Community College, Marist College, BOCES, the Chambers of Commerce, the Department of Labor, and the Private Industry Council, and other NYS approved vendors.

"This is another exciting partnership Dutchess County has established which will further our success in economic development and jobs growth. We are grateful to Executive Deputy Commissioner Jim Dillon of the New York State Department of Labor who we have been working with to develop and implement the InVEST program," Steinhaus said.


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