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Labor Department and Local Partners Work to Ensure New York's Tech Valley Workforce is Ready
Acting Commissioner Gardner to the Capital Region: the Future is Now!!!

Albany, NY (March 03, 2010) - Can't See the video? Click Here to Get Adobe Flash Player. In one of her first acts as Acting Commissioner of Labor for New York State, Colleen C. Gardner today directed the Department of Labor staff to take an "all hands on deck" approach to help the Center for Economic Growth (CEG) and local partners create a sustainable workforce in the Capital Region. This workforce will be needed to support new jobs at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, General Electric, as well as 100 manufacturing and technology companies across the region.

"Residents of the Capital Region have been hearing about Tech Valley for such a long time that many probably thought this day would never come," said Acting Commissioner Gardner.  "I've seen the future of the Capital Region with my own eyes and it's bigger than anyone realizes.  The time is now, the future is here, and we've got a lot of work to do and a short time to get things done.  Let's get to work." 

In collaboration with the Greater Capital Region Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs), CEG, SUNY, local community colleges and other regional partners, the Department of Labor will:

  • Team up with the Greater Capital Region WIBs to prepare the region's unemployed workers for the influx of jobs on the way.
  • Market Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Careers to the region's school districts.
  • Help GLOBALFOUNDRIES and other companies to recruit candidates through SMART 2010, the Department of Labor's electronic job-matching system.
  • Strengthen partnerships with private industry, education and government to aid GLOBALFOUNDRIES and other major employers in the region.

Team up with local workforce investment boards to prepare the region's unemployed workers for the influx of jobs on the way:

Three separate grants, administered by the Greater Capital Region WIBs and funded by the Labor Department, will help this region get ready for what's to come. 

  • With $25,000, the Labor Department, CEG and the Greater Capital Region WIBs will work with the private sector to assure that their workforce needs, current and future, are being addressed.
  • Another $25,000 grant will further develop career readiness programs across the region, build consensus among existing work readiness programs and create a regional brand recognized by employers
  • An additional $100,000 grant will be used to inform students, parents, and educators about technical careers in emerging industries, with the goal of developing a pipeline of skilled workers.  This grant will also serve the unemployed or those seeking a career change. 

"This money is just the beginning," said Acting Commissioner Gardner. "In the future, the region will be using further resources from this grant program to target and train workers in advanced manufacturing.  This training will support the work being done by GLOBALFOUNDRIES and other manufacturers in the region."

Market Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Careers to the region's school districts:

Labor Department staff will be out there promoting STEM careers all across the Capital Region - at high schools, job fairs, trade schools and colleges.  The revamped, which helps students develop a worker identity and highlights STEM careers, will be heavily promoted.

Helping GLOBALFOUNDRIES recruit workers through its electronic job matching system SMART 2010:

When GLOBALFOUNDRIES is fully operational, the company will need 1,400 workers.  The Labor Department will team up with CEG and local partners to connect the company with experienced workers.  The company will list job openings on the Department's website to take advantage of the electronic job matching system known as SMART 2010.   Right now, Labor Department staff are in the middle of creating the perfect resume for a GLOBALFOUNDRIES employee.  In the next few weeks, they will feed this resume into job matching software.  When a match comes up in the system, the company will know about it and so will the job seeker.

Strengthen partnerships with private industry, education and government to aid GLOBALFOUNDRIES and other major employers in the region:

Norm Armour, vice president and general manager of Fab 8, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, said, "We are excited to be working with our partners in economic development, education, government and industry like CEG and the Department of Labor on a regional model that will benefit our area's workforce and educational system. As we work to build the world's most advanced semiconductor fab here in upstate New York, it's important for us to help increase the focus on STEM education, to improve the utilization of vocational education and community college programs and to create a clear pathway to the skills training and higher education opportunities that will translate into great careers right here in New York's Tech Valley.  Working together we can help implement a new partnership model for government, education and business institutions to create a modern economic engine to increase opportunities for our business and the entire community."

F. Michael Tucker, President and CEO of the Center for Economic Growth, said, "CEG is pleased to provide a business focus to our region's workforce development and education partnership.  Working together with the Department of Labor, our Workforce Investment Boards, Chambers of Commerce, Colleges and Universities, and other education stakeholders will ensure the success of a well trained technology workforce to support the region's new innovation economy.  Today marks a major step in moving our initiative forward and we are grateful to all who have played a role in providing this initial funding."

Deputy SUNY Chancellor Johanna Duncan-Poitier said, "The State University of New York, as part of its statewide strategic planning process, is committed to the ensuring the economic vitality and quality of life for this state.  This public-private partnership with our strong community colleges and the leadership of the Department of Labor is essential to building the education pipeline that will help create greater opportunities for new Yorkers to graduate from college and engage in meaningful careers."

Anita Daly, Chair of the Saratoga County Economic Development Committee, said, "In the truest sense, economic development is what happens when a long-term vision becomes reality.  The reality we celebrate today in Saratoga County is possible thanks to the years of hard work and courageous leadership.  From investing $67 million dollars in a 26-mile mile water system to doubling the capacity of our sewer system while building new interstate access with updated local road networks. Saratoga County has a history of preparing for the future.  Today we continue to plan for the future by preparing our world-class workforce for the opportunities available thanks to GLOBALFOUNDRIES."

Gail Breen and Dan Gentile, speaking on behalf of the Greater Capital Region WIBs, said, "The Greater Capital Region WIBs are committed to working with education, organized labor, local and state governments, economic development and other workforce partners to develop a highly skilled and technologically sophisticated workforce that is aligned with the current and future needs of Global Foundries and the region. We have chosen to work with the Center for Economic Growth because of their long standing relationships with our region's high tech industries."

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