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Independence Announces New Workforce Incentive Program
April 12, 2010

The City of Independence has partnered with the Independence Council for Economic Development in the creation of a program designed to assist Independence companies providing training to Independence residents.

Ann Smith-Tate, Economic Development Manager for the City of Independence said the Training and Economic Assistance (TEA) program has three major goals.

“The goals of the Training and Economic Assistance program are to provide qualifying Independence companies incentives for adding jobs and employing local Independence residents, increase annual household incomes of employees benefitting from the program and enhance skills of local workforce which will provide long-term opportunities for wage growth,” Smith-Tate said.

This original program will be promoted to both new and existing businesses hiring Independence residents for new jobs.

Independence Council for Economic Development President Tom Lesnak stated “the program is designed to not only support local core employers by assisting them with costs of on-the-job training of new employees, it provides an opportunity for lower income residents of Independence to gain valuable job skills which will enhance their earning potential and the economic impact they have on our community.”

In order to qualify to receive the training funds companies must be (1) providing training for Independence residents that meet the federal low to moderate income standards, (2) providing wages at or above the county average wage for similar jobs and experience and (3) able to prove employee being trained is economically benefitted by receiving higher wage than their previous job or position.

In addition, to qualify the companies must be classified into one of the following industry sectors:

  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Transportation and Warehousing
  • Information
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Professional or scientific
  • Administrative and Waste Services

A total of $100,000 in project funds is available through the City of Independence’s Community Development Block Grant funds.

“The purpose of CDBG is to improve the community, especially for its low to moderate income residents,” Community Development Director Jennifer Clark said. “This program is a perfect partnership.”

To learn more about the program or to see if your company would qualify contact Ann Smith-Tate, Economic Development Manager, City of Independence at (816) 325-7796 or Tom Lesnak, President, Independence Council for Economic Development (816) 252-5777.

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