Workforce Grant

Gov. Jeb Bush, Mayor Marks and the County Commissions of Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla signed a proclamation announcing this week as "Workforce Development Week."

It was celebrated Tuesday morning with big money.

The "BEST" grant in Florida was announced Tuesday. "BEST" stands for Business Employment Solutions and Training. The nearly $650,000 grant was awarded to Workforce Plus.

Kimberly Moore, Interim CEO for Workforce Plus, says, "We will one, create jobs; two, we will see the successful completion of training program; and three, we will seek earnings increase across the three-county region."

The BEST grant will help almost 1,200 people in Leon, Wakulla and Gadsden Counties, providing training for those who are seeking jobs and additional training for those already employed.

Workforce Plus' objectives for the grant are to create opportunities for youth, serve welfare transition recipients and work with employer groups.

Vince Long, Assistant County Administrator, says, "Providing meaningful employment to qualified job seekers is essential to building a strong community here in Leon County. The Board of County Commissioners recognizes that and values that, and I'm happy."

The 1,165 people trained with industry-recognized credentials will be teamed with 16 local employers. Workforce Plus says this BEST grant will provide the best economic improvement to local communities.

Jobs benefited from the grant will vary in fields such as financial institutions, local school districts, technical industries and many more.