The Chamber Foundation
Project Title: Ignite Initiative Regional Workforce Training System
Region (applicant-defined)/State(s) or territory served: North Dakota, Minnesota border region
Phase (applicant-defined): System Development
Award Amount: $9,621,600
Key Industry / Industries: Agriculture and Food Production; Information Technology; Manufacturing
Project Narrative (applicant submitted) (PDF)
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The Chamber Foundation, in collaboration with backbone organizations Grand Farm Research and Education Initiative (agriculture and food production), North Dakota State College of Science (manufacturing), and Emerging Prairie (information technology), will bolster the county’s economy by developing the skilled workforce needed to support the local agriculture, manufacturing, and technology industries. In partnership with local employers – including Healthy Food Ingredients, Marvin, and Razor Consulting Services – the Chamber Foundation plans to ensure that training programs meet the unique skills needs of these local employers and the regional economy. With a focus on underserved communities – including people of color, immigrants, veterans and military spouses, justice-impacted individual – the awardee will reduce barriers to starting and completing training by providing a variety of wraparound services.
The project narrative included above is what was submitted by the applicants. The final EDA-approved scope of work may differ.