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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
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For Immediate Release

June 24, 1999


County Executive's Steering Committee Receives Largest Grant in State for One-Stop Center


Poughkeepsie, NY - County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced that the Dutchess County Department of Social Services (DSS) has been selected to receive a grant from the NYS Department of Labor for $400,000 for a One-Stop Implementation site. This will further the county's efforts to build an integrated local Workforce Investment System. Dutchess County has received the largest grant in the state based on a plan developed by the workforce development steering committee formed by the County Executive.

"These funds will be utilized to ensure that Dutchess County continues to ride this wave of economic development," Steinhaus said. "My goal is to create a competent, capable and qualified workforce that continues to attract the best jobs to the county. This One-Stop system will be an all-inclusive system. It will benefit those who are presently unemployed and need skills to become employable, as well as those who are gainfully employed but are looking for better employment opportunities." Steinhaus added that the One-Stop system will also act as a resource for employers looking for qualified employees.

DSS will contract with the Dutchess County Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation to administer the funds. The grant will pay for designing a database so that individuals who turn to the One-Stop center can access all the necessary information to enhance their employment options. Among the relevant information available in the database will be all training opportunities, employment opportunities and the necessary qualifications for each. "In these centers we will also be able to assist customers interested in training programs with the available funding resources," noted the County Executive.

"The first One-Stop location will be at our Department of Labor offices at 235 Main Street," Steinhaus said.  "We will also be looking to open three to five satellite locations in the northern, eastern and southern ends of   the county." Steinhaus noted that the satellite locations will be comprised of public/private partnerships with community agencies that could add this service to their existing operations by providing staffing and space. The county will provide the technology. The participating community agencies must be able to show sustainability of the program. "We will make the initial investment consisting of the necessary technology, but the community agencies must be able to maintain this service even after the grant period has ended," said Steinhaus.

An aggressive marketing campaign to both the employer and the  job seeking customer will be necessary to generate awareness and usage of the centers. "We will need to make people aware of the programs and assistance available to them. The more individuals we can get involved with the One-Stop centers, the more prepared our county's workforce will be for what the future has in store," Steinhaus noted.

The steering committee which the County Executive formed to oversee the development of this program includes the Department of Labor, the Private Industry Council, DSS, Department of Planning and Development, EDZ, EDC, Marist College, Dutchess Community College, the Dutchess/Putnam Private Industry Council, the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce, IDA, Central Hudson, IBM, BOCES, VESID and the Ironworkers Union. The $400,000 grant is for the period of July 1, 1999 through June 30, 2000. Steinhaus signed the resolution on June 18th 1999 to provide for the receipt and expenditure of the funds.


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