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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 13-2393


Workforce Development Grant Availability

[43 Pa.B. 7509]
[Saturday, December 21, 2013]

 The Department of Labor and Industry (Department) is seeking applications for a grant to a service provider interested in providing layoff aversion services to stabilize, restructure, turn-around or attract buyers for at-risk businesses. The amount of the grant will not exceed $1.5 million per program year.

 This grant will be awarded for a 1-year period and provides an option to extend for a second and third year.

 This notice of grant availability utilizes workforce development system available funds to address the Department's need to provide services for Statewide layoff aversion. The deadline to apply for the funding provided through the Federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (29 U.S.C.A. §§ 2801—2945) is January 31, 2014.

 Successful applicants' proposals will complement the Department's current workforce development and economic recovery efforts that focus on the employer by saving and creating skilled, sustainable and productive economy jobs through layoff aversion, responsible capital investment and building sustainable communities. The following are among these efforts:

 • The capacity to implement and maintain a system to allow for early notice of potential layoffs or financial difficulties resulting in unemployment throughout this Commonwealth.

 • To develop a layoff aversion approach that focuses on financial restructuring to enable small to medium-sized businesses to meet their current financial obligations and investment needs.

 • Allow information sharing and coordination with the Department.

 • Provide market research by developing resources for early identification of at-risk businesses and ownership transition strategies. By utilizing early intervention with businesses to prevent layoffs to retrain employees whenever possible, the Department avoids the exponentially higher costs associated with ''lost'' jobs such as unemployment and job creation programs.

 More information and the necessary application documents are available on the Department's web site at

 The Pennsylvania Workforce Development web site,, is designed to quickly distribute information on the Commonwealth's workforce investments and to provide a forum for emerging questions and answers about the Workforce Investment Act.

 For more information, contact the PA CareerLink® Office's web site at


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 13-2393. Filed for public inspection December 20, 2013, 9:00 a.m.]

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