Van Hollen, U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $22.9 Million to Support Offshore Wind Industry in Maryland Through U.S. Good Jobs Challenge Rescue Program

August 03, 2022

The competition provides unique, one-generation funding to diverse, locally-led partnerships to create and grow industry-led, worker-centric systems that support local economies

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) joined Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to announce that the department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is providing a $22.9 million grant dollars to the US Good Jobs Challenge rescue program at the Maryland Department of Labor, Baltimore, Maryland, to implement a new apprenticeship model to support the region’s growing offshore wind industry.

This program will bring together leading employers and seven local unions to create a training model that meets the needs of employers and local communities. With a focus on formerly incarcerated people, veterans, disconnected youth, and other underserved populations, the Maryland Works for Wind project will train thousands to access high-paying jobs in industry.

“Investing in workforce training is critical to helping Marylanders secure well-paying jobs and build our 21st century economy. This targeted $22 million federal grant made possible by the U.S. bailout will help prepare workers for jobs in offshore wind – a key industry that not only creates thousands of jobs in Maryland, but makes us also move forward in our transition to a cleaner, greener future. . This is part of our overall strategy to expand opportunity and build an economy with more shared prosperity,” said Senator Chris Van Hollen.

“President Biden is committed to expanding career opportunities so more Americans get well-paying jobs,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said. “This EDA investment will create workforce training programs for the clean energy sector that will help grow Maryland’s offshore wind industry and build resilience for decades to come.”

“The Biden Administration Applauds the Maryland Department of Labor’s Efforts to Boost the State’s Growing Offshore Wind Industry,” said Commerce Undersecretary Don Graves. “This EDA investment will create new skills training opportunities that will lead to well-paying and clean energy jobs for local workers.”

“The Good Jobs Challenge brings together diverse local partners and leaders to advance workforce training programs across the country,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo. “Through a partnership with leading employers and workers, this project will provide quality, demand-driven training to workers around the world.”

“The urgent need to transition to clean, renewable energy such as wind power provides American workers with the opportunity for the jobs of the future. But we need to invest in our workforce and provide the training and learning opportunities to open those doors for future American workers. That’s what this $22 million+ EDA grant announced today, and the U.S. bailout that made it possible . said Senator Ben Cardin. “This is a tremendous victory for Maryland and our efforts to prepare the workers of today and tomorrow to meet the region’s changing needs. The funds will help make Maryland the premier destination for offshore wind training, manufacturing and employment.

“As Maryland’s economy recovers and rebuilds, the U.S. bailout is harnessing the power of our fastest-growing industries and creating well-paying jobs. Today’s announcement expands access to cutting-edge workforce training that will help Marylanders thrive in high-demand jobs,” said Congressman John Sarbanes (MD-03). “I will continue to work to create a more equitable and diverse clean energy workforce for all Marylanders.”

“Building a green, clean future here in Maryland is an incredible opportunity for workers, families, and our local economies,” said Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04). “By expanding apprenticeship and workforce development programs, we can better engage our state’s diverse talents and communities, provide well-paying jobs, and foster renewable energy sources essential to meet the the climate crisis.”

“The Works for Wind project is an example of the economic promise of the US bailout,” said Congressman Steny Hoyer (MD-05). “I join in the celebration of this new program, which will help train thousands of people across Maryland so they can earn a good living and access greater opportunities. Now is the time to invest in our clean energy economy, and this program will not only help Marylanders move forward, but grow our clean energy economy with well-paying jobs.

“This $22.9 million direct investment in our community is another win for hardworking Maryland residents, local employers, and our strong union workforce,” said Congressman Kweisi Mfume (MD-07). “With a focus on creating thousands of well-paying clean energy jobs through apprenticeships, this grant responds to the times by targeting and training all populations, including those formerly incarcerated. I am proud to be a member of the US House Education and Labor Committee which has played a major role in securing workforce development, job training and learning opportunities in the US bailout including the legislation provides this historic funding.

“This grant will ensure employers and job seekers in Maryland are prepared to meet the demands of the burgeoning offshore wind industry, which is expected to create more than 10,000 jobs in Maryland and generate nearly $3 billion in economic impact. over the next 20 years Baltimore and central Maryland alone,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “I want to sincerely thank Secretary Raimondo and everyone at the U.S. Department of Commerce for recognizing that the State of Maryland is truly open for business and that we have the tools and talent to continue building a stable pipeline. well-trained people, skilled workers for the jobs of tomorrow.

This grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan Good Jobs Challenge. The program has awarded grants to 32 worker-focused, industry-led workforce training partnerships across the country. $500 million program expands opportunities for more Americans to access and secure well-paying jobs by investing in innovative approaches to advance workforce training partnerships worker-centred and industry-led.

The 32 winning projects were selected from a competitive pool of 509 applicants. By encouraging recipients to partner with industry and solve their local talent needs, this program advances many growing industries critical to U.S. supply chains, global competitiveness, and regional development, employers s specifically committing to hire and engage with these workers. industry-led programs. Through a holistic and integrated partnership approach, these projects will provide tangible opportunity and security for American workers, focusing on serving and supporting a wide range of underserved communities and connecting workers with training, the skills and support services needed to successfully secure a good job. . For more information on beneficiaries, please see our fact sheet.

The Good Jobs Challenge is part of a suite of US bailout programs developed by the EDA to fairly distribute its $3 billion allocation to help communities nationwide in their efforts to build a better America by accelerating economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building local economies that better withstand future economic shocks.

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