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University of Hawaii

Project Title: Resilient Hawaii
Region (applicant-defined)/State(s) or territory served: State of Hawaii
Phase (applicant-defined): System Development
Award Amount: $16,351,025
Key Industry / Industries: Healthcare; Information Technology; Energy and Resilience; Film, Arts, & Media
Contact: Joshua Kaakua, Academic Program Officer, [email protected]
Project Narrative (applicant submitted) (PDF)
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The Good Jobs Challenge is investing in the University of Hawaii, an EDA University Center and an Asian American- and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution, to support four of Hawaii’s major industries: healthcare; information technology; energy and resilience; and film, arts, and media. The University of Hawaii will partner with backbone organizations Healthcare Association of Hawaii (healthcare), Chamber of Commerce Hawaii (information technology), Hawaii Creative Industries Division (film, arts, and media), and the Hawaii State Energy Office (energy and resilience). The sectoral partnerships funded by this program will train thousands of workers, with a focus on Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, to secure quality jobs with local employers including Adventist Health Castle, Bank of Hawaii, and Diagnostic Laboratory Services. These partnerships include several well-established unions including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1260, IBEW Local 11986, UNITE HERE Local 5 and employers like Booz Allen Hamilton, Hawaii Electric, and Queen’s Health System.


The project narrative included above is what was submitted by the applicants. The final EDA-approved scope of work may differ.

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