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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $10.8 Million to Bolster the Healthcare Workforce in Alabama Through American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge

Competition Provides Once-In-A-Generation Funding to Locally Driven, Diverse Partnerships to Create and Develop Workforce Training Programs that Support Local Economies

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $10.8 million American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge grant to the city of Birmingham, Alabama, to establish the Birmingham Region Health Partnership, a healthcare workforce training program.

This program will build a pipeline of skilled healthcare and digital healthcare workers. Through partnership with local healthcare employers, it will provide access to high-quality healthcare jobs to those communities traditionally underserved, including women and people of color.

“The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to creating career opportunities enabling more Americans to secure quality, in-demand jobs,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “This EDA investment will help provide women in the Birmingham region with the services and support they need to complete training and be placed into quality healthcare careers.”

“The Good Jobs Challenge is bringing together diverse partners and local leaders to advance workforce training programs across the country,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “With support from the Women’s Foundation of Alabama, this program will provide marginalized communities with access to training providers and employers, leading to quality, good-paying jobs.”

“As the only member of the Alabama congressional delegation to vote in favor of the American Rescue Plan, I’m thrilled to see the transformational impact this law in having on our state,” said Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL-07). “This grant will help the Birmingham community continue to build its health care workforce and will be instrumental in our fight to ensure every Alabamian can reach their God-given potential.”

This grant is funded through the American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge. The program awarded grants to 32 worker-centered, industry-led workforce training partnerships across the country. The $500 million program is expanding opportunities for more Americans to access and secure good-paying jobs by investing in innovative approaches to advance worker-centered, industry-led workforce training partnerships.

The 32 awardee projects were selected from a competitive pool of 509 applicants. By partnering with stakeholders such as labor unions, community colleges and industry, these projects will solve for local talent needs, increase the supply of trained workers and help workers secure jobs in 15 key industries that are essential to U.S. supply chains, global competitiveness, and regional development. Through a holistic, integrated partnership approach, these projects will provide tangible opportunities and security for American workers, focusing on serving and supporting a broad range of underserved communities and connecting workers with the training, skills, and support services needed to successfully secure a good job. For more information on the grantees, please visit our fact sheet. (PDF)

The Good Jobs Challenge is part of a suite of American Rescue Plan programs developed by EDA to equitably distribute its $3 billion allocation to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to 4 a better America by accelerating economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that will be more resilient to future economic shocks.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA invests in communities and supports regional collaboration in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

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