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Blunt Announces More Than $3.5 Million in Grant Funding for Workforce Development Programs

September 29, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), today announced that three Missouri entities will receive a total of $3.53 million in Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities (WORC) grant funding through the U.S. Department of Labor’s partnership with the Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Workforce Program. As Labor/HHS chairman, Blunt started the WORC initiative in 2018 and has worked to include funding for the program in subsequent Labor/HHS appropriations bills.

“Workforce development programs are an invaluable tool for helping people get the skills they need to earn a good living, take care of their families and get ahead,” said Blunt. “The Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities program is creating more opportunities by providing reemployment and training assistance in areas where they’re needed most. As chairman of the appropriations subcommittee that started and funds this program, I’ll continue prioritizing resources for initiatives, like this one, that boost economic growth in rural areas.”

The Missouri WORC Grant Recipients Are:

  •       Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation   $1,209,301
  •       Marquette Tech District Foundation, Inc.             $1,364,200
  •       Missouri State University                                          $960,000

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