The Arlington County Board today accepted a $200,000 federal grant to provide innovative workforce development services to 50 persons in Arlington and Alexandria who will be negatively impacted by increased development in the area.
“Arlington and Alexandria are partnering to ensure the benefits of Amazon’s HQ2 are shared equitably and to prevent displacement of residents,” Arlington County Board Chair Christian Dorsey said. “One way to do that is to help individuals get the skills they need to increase their earning power and stay in the region.”
The Arlington County Board and Alexandria City Council laid the groundwork at an Oct. 2, 2019 joint work session for cooperating to support inclusive growth and address the impact that Amazon’s HQ2 in Arlington and Virginia Tech’s planned Innovation Campus in Alexandria is already having on both communities. Their efforts are meant to complement unprecedented regional cooperation efforts underway that include building more housing, improving the transportation network and developing the regional workforce.
The Board voted unanimously to accept the grant, which will provide participants with skills training, English instruction and access to GED and occupational certification programs. The program will be administered in Arlington by the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council through the Department of Human Services. To read the staff report, visit the County website. Scroll to Item No. 25 on the Consent Agenda for the Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 Regular County Board Meeting.
Arlington will administer the program for the County and the City of Alexandria. Each community will receive half the funds, and each will provide workforce training to 25 residents. The initiative is entirely supported by a federal U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) award made to the Alexandria/Arlington Regional Workforce Council by the pass-through entity, Virginia Community College System. The total program cost of this initiative is $200,000.00.