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PhilaWorks to receive substantial investment to bolster workforce development, economic recovery across Southeastern PA

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) is announcing $22.8 million in federal funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for Philadelphia Works, Inc. (PhilaWorks), the City of Philadelphia’s workforce development board. The funding will support creation of The Coordinated Southeastern Pennsylvania Workforce Development System, a regional workforce training program connecting residents to quality employment opportunities. Senator Casey advocated for this funding in a letter of support, encouraging the EDA to invest in PhilaWorks and accelerate equitable economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

“As Pennsylvania continues its recovery from the pandemic, our communities depend on a qualified, sustainable workforce to support economic revitalization. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, Philadelphia Works will receive more than $22 million for robust job training programs in critical industries like health care, energy and infrastructure throughout the region,” said Senator Casey. “I was proud to advocate for PhilaWorks and I will continue to work with the Biden Administration to support job creation and economic development in Southeastern Pennsylvania.”

Funding for PhilaWorks’ Coordinated Southeastern Pennsylvania Workforce Development System comes from the American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge, which awards grants to workforce training partnerships across the Nation. PhilaWorks is a non-profit organization that develops and manages workforce solutions—working closely with local businesses and youth and adults seeking employment and training opportunities—in order to increase economic opportunity for all Philadelphia residents.