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Governor Rell, Representative Courtney Announce $880,286 Grant to Help Displaced Foxwoods Employees
Eastern CT Workforce Investment Board Wins Grant to Assist Training, Employment Services


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February 26, 2009

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Governor M. Jodi Rell, Congressman Joe Courtney and John Beauregard, Executive Director of the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, today announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Workforce Investment Board an $880,286 federal grant to help the state with retraining and employment services associated with last October’s termination of 165 employees by Foxwoods.


The goal of these funds is to help expand and supplement the state Department of Labor’s existing retraining and employment assistance programs so that those who may later need the services can be accommodated.


The funds are administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Emergency Grant program. Half of the funds will be provided immediately while the remaining funds will be released as the state meets specific requirements of the grant program and shows a continued need for the funds.


“The economic woes that have dragged down the national economy continue to take a toll on our state, including the critical tourism and entertainment sectors in southeastern Connecticut,” Governor Rell said. “Our commitment to the families affected by this downturn is unwavering. I am grateful for the hard work of Representative Courtney and John Beauregard in getting this money to help retrain and find new jobs for the former Foxwoods employees. In the end, the only way for Connecticut – and the nation – to recover from this downturn is to literally ‘work’ our way out if it – job by job and family by family. This grant is an important step in that process.”


Congressman Courtney said, “We are facing severe economic challenges, and this critical federal assistance will go to those who have been hit hardest by the downturn. These are our neighbors and our friends and they need our help to find new jobs, which is why I will continue to support responsible federal grant programs that alleviate the burden placed on Connecticut and help steer us out of this recession. Retraining our region’s work force to expand economic and employment opportunities is the right thing to do, and I applaud John Beauregard of the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board for working so hard to secure this grant. His effort will provide significant future benefit to eastern Connecticut.”


“The news of this National Emergency Grant will help not only the affected Foxwoods workers but also dislocated workers from other employers,” Beauregard said. “During times like these, when public re-employment resources are so badly strained, the community’s efforts to help the unemployed are drawn from the same limited pool to serve all layoff employers, large or small. This infusion of new money, based on the overwhelming volume of the Foxwoods layoff, will free up funds that can be redirected toward helping laid-off workers from other regional employers.


“The number of regions around the country pursuing federal funding for this type of help right now is incredible,” he said. “Congressman Courtney recognized the eastern Connecticut community’s coordinated preparation effort in filing this grant request and his advocacy once it reached Washington was the difference maker.”

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