header-left
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Bookmark and Share
File #: 2534-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/4/2020 In control: Workforce Development Committee
On agenda: 11/16/2020 Final action: 11/19/2020
Title: To authorize the Director of Development to execute a grant agreement with Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio (WDBCO) in an amount up to $1,000,000.00 for the purpose of supporting the Employer Workforce Training Investment Program; to authorize an expenditure up to $1,000,000.00 from the CARES Act Fund; to authorize the payment of expenses starting March 1, 2020; and to declare an emergency. ($1,000,000.00)
Attachments: 1. ORD2534-2020 2020-11-02 ED WDBCO CARES Act
Explanation
This legislation authorizes the Director of the Department of Development to enter into a grant agreement with the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio (WDBCO) in an amount up to $1,000,000.00 for the purpose of supporting the Employer Workforce Training Investment Program.

The Employer Workforce Training Investment Program seeks to increase skills of incumbent and newly hired workers in small to medium, minority owned, women owned, and veteran owned businesses within the city of Columbus. Assisting businesses with funding to support employees could help with retention and engagement and lead to stability as they recover from financial hits during the pandemic.

This program will provide increased flexibility for smaller businesses to support training and development of their workforce. Many small to medium size businesses do not have the revenue to provide employees with tuition reimbursement or training programs to increase skills. Smaller businesses are facing severe challenges due to COVID-19.

These services provided by WDBCO cannot be provided by existing city employees because these services are beyond the City’s current staffing capacity to provide.

Emergency legislation is requested in order to encumber funds in a timely manner so the WDBCO can expend the funds before the end of the year.

Contract Compliance: the vendor number is 018152 and contract compliance is pending.

Fiscal Impact: Funding is provided to the City of Columbus from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress and signed into law March 27, 2020, and available in the Department of Development’s CARES Act budget (fund 2207, subfund 220703).

Title
To authorize the Director of Development to execute a grant agreement with Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio (WDBCO) in an amount up to $1,000,000.00 for the purpose of supporting the Employer Workforce Training Investment Program; to authorize an expenditure up to $1,000,0...

Click here for full text