By 1812Blockhouse

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Director Matt Damschroder has announced that Ohio’s 20 local workforce development areas will receive nearly $4.5 million over the next 12 months to help employers meet their workforce needs.

All 20 areas submitted proposals, to fund a wide range of activities. The funds must be spent by June 30, 2024.

“We encouraged local areas to be innovative in their proposals, and they were,” Damschroder said. “One area is planning services to help businesses build a more diverse workforce. Another is creating a transportation program to help individuals reach jobs not on the bus line. We’re impressed already and can’t wait to see the results.”

Area 10, which includes Richland and Crawford Counties, received $99,998 for outreach, website development, data tracking, and project management. For more information on those projects, please contact your local workforce development board director.

Local workforce development areas share similar geographic, industrial, educational and other regional economic factors. They help oversee local OhioMeansJobs Centers, which offer a variety of free employment services for Ohioans looking for work and employers seeking workers.

Every county in Ohio has an OhioMeansJobs Center. To find the center near you, go to https://jfs.ohio.gov/about/local-agencies-directory/local-agencies-dire… or visit OhioMeansJobs.com and select “FIND A JOB CENTER” at the bottom of the page.

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