U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Winners of American Rescue Plan $500 Million Good Jobs Challenge to Expand Employment Opportunities

Published on August 3, 2022


Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced grant awards to 32 industry-led workforce training partnerships across the country as part of the $500 million Good Jobs Challenge funded by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan. The Good Jobs Challenge is administered by the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration and will enable communities across the country to invest in innovative approaches to workforce development that will secure job opportunities for more than 50,000 Americans.

The 32 winning projects were selected from a competitive pool of 509 applicants. By partnering with labor unions, community colleges, industry, and other stakeholders, these projects will solve for local talent needs and increase the supply of trained workers and help workers secure jobs in 15 key industries that are essential to U.S. supply chains, global competitiveness, and regional development. This funding will advance a broad range of sectors—including agriculture and food production, energy and resilience, healthcare, manufacturing and information technology—jumpstarting the design, development, implementation, and expansion of training programs that are tailored specifically to each community.

“A trained workforce is essential to ensuring that the United States can compete and succeed in the 21st century,” said Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “Thanks to funding from the American Rescue Plan, the Commerce Department is able to make once-in-a-generation investments in industry-driven, and locally-led workforce systems that will create high-quality jobs and accelerate regional economic growth, especially for underserved communities.”

These projects will expand access to the workforce and increase labor participation through a focus on job quality and equity. The projects will serve and support a broad range of individuals from underserved populations across the country in urban and rural areas, including members of Latino, African American, Indigenous, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities, as well as women, the formerly incarcerated, and those recovering from substance abuse disorders. By providing access to high-quality jobs that include good pay, benefits and career mobility for Americans who need it most and simultaneously serving vital industries, these grants will support flourishing regional economies that in turn benefit the nation’s growth, competitiveness and resilience. Many of these investments also advance the goals of the President’s Talent Pipeline Challenge to create equitable workforce development opportunities for infrastructure jobs.

“Workforce development is a critical pillar to supporting innovative and competitive economic development, and the Good Jobs Challenge is working hand-in-hand with diverse partners and local leaders to strengthen local economic recovery and resiliency,” said Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves. “The Good Jobs Challenge prioritizes employer leadership and hiring commitments, which we know are critical to expanding career opportunities for more Americans to reach their full potential and secure good jobs, leading to a stronger regional and national economy.”

“By integrating industry in every step of the talent development process, these awardees are focused on supporting underserved communities in diverse areas across the country, helping to remove systemic barriers for workers and connecting employers with the trained workforce they need to grow and sustain competitive local economies,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Castillo.

The Good Jobs Challenge is part of a suite of American Rescue Plan programs developed by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to equitably distribute its $3 billion allocation to assist communities nationwide in their efforts to build a better America by accelerating economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and building more resilient, shockproof local economies. EDA is currently evaluating all applications and will announce grantees for the full suite of programs by Sept. 30, 2022.

The project leads for each awardee are listed below.

Foundation for California Community Colleges (California)
Grant: $21.5 million
Industry focus: Forestry and Fire Safety

Fresno County Economic Development Corporation (California)
Grant: $23 million
Industry focus: Professional and Financial Services; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics; Manufacturing; Building and Construction

Alaska Primary Care Association (Alaska)
Grant: $9.7 million
Industry focus: Healthcare

Charleston Chamber Foundation (South Carolina)
Grant: $8.4 million
Industry focus: Healthcare

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (Illinois)
Grant: $18.5 million
Industry focus: Healthcare; Manufacturing; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics; Information Technology

City of Birmingham (Alabama)
Grant: $10.8 million
Industry focus: Healthcare

City of New York Human Resources Administration (New York)
Grant: $18.6 million
Industry focus: Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics; Building and Construction

City of Springfield (Missouri)
Grant: $17.5 million
Industry focus: Healthcare; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics; Education

Dallas College (Texas)
Grant: $8.8 million
Industry focus: Bio-medical

Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston (Massachusetts)
Grant: $23 million
Industry focus: Healthcare; Energy and Resilience; Childcare

Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees (Florida)
Grant: $22.9 million
Industry focus: Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics; Healthcare; Manufacturing; Education

Hampton Roads Workforce Council (Virginia & North Carolina)
Grant: $11 million
Industry focus: Water and Blue Economy; Energy and Resilience

Illinois Central College (Illinois)
Grant: $14.6 million
Industry focus: Information Technology

Lakota Funds (South Dakota)
Grant: $5 million
Industry focus: Building and Construction

Maryland Department of Labor (Maryland)
Grant: $22.9 million
Industry focus: Energy and Resilience

Miami Dade College (Florida)
Grant: $10 million
Industry focus: Information Technology

Mid-South Center for Occupational Innovation (Arkansas, Mississippi, & Tennessee)
Grant: $21.5 million
Industry focus: Building and Construction; Manufacturing; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Nevadaworks (Nevada)
Grant: $14.9 million
Industry focus: Healthcare; Information Technology; Manufacturing; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (North Carolina)
Grant: $23.7 million
Industry focus: Energy and Resilience

North Central New Mexico Economic Development District (New Mexico)
Grant: $6.4 million
Industry focus: Healthcare; Building and Construction

Office of Workforce Strategy (Connecticut)
Grant: $23.9 million
Industry focus: Manufacturing; Healthcare; Information Technology; Bio-medical

Ohio Manufacturers’ Association Educational and Industrial Development Institute (Ohio)
Grant: $23.5 million
Industry focus: Manufacturing

Persevere (Tennessee)
Grant: $15.4 million
Industry focus: Information Technology

Philadelphia Works, Inc. (Pennsylvania)
Grant: $22.8 million
Industry focus: Healthcare; Building and Construction; Energy and Resilience

Southwestern Oregon Workforce Investment Board (Oregon)
Grant: $3.4 million
Industry focus: Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

The Chamber Foundation(Minnesota & North Dakota)
Grant: $9.6 million
Industry focus: Agriculture and Food Production; Information Technology; Manufacturing

UnidosUS (Puerto Rico & Colorado)
Grant: $11.4 million
Industry focus: Aerospace & Defense; Building and Construction; Professional and Financial Services

United Way of Central Iowa (Iowa)
Grant: $1.8 million
Industry focus: Healthcare

University of Hawaii (Hawaii)
Grant: $16.4 million
Industry focus: Healthcare; Information Technology; Energy and Resilience; Film, Arts, & Media

Washington Student Achievement Council (Washington)
Grant: $23.5 million
Industry focus: Healthcare; Information Technology; Professional and Financial Services; Energy and Resilience; Manufacturing; Building and Construction

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital (Texas)
Grant: $12.1 million
Industry focus: Building and Construction; Information Technology; Healthcare

WTIA Workforce Institute (Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington)
Grant: $23.5 million
Industry focus: Information Technology


About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov) The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA invests in communities and supports regional collaboration in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth