Workforce Development

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Buffalo congressman Brian Higgins announced a $1.5 million federal grant for the Service Collaborative of Western New York Monday. The grant will support the collaborative’s YouthBuild: Leaders Under Construction program.

Buffalo's economic resurgence appears to be passing by a large swath of the region's population. According to the United Way's recent Community Report Card, 41 percent of Erie County households are experiencing "financial hardship." Michael Weiner, President and CEO of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, says better-paying jobs are available in the area, but skills and connections are lacking among the region's workforce.

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The state has awarded another $4 million to the Buffalo Northland Corridor redevelopment project.

Many blue-collar jobs are morphing into “new-collar” opportunities that are technology-based, according to some workforce development experts.

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U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez gave a powerful speech on Tuesday night to a coalition of community members who want to bring diversity to the Western New York workforce.