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Mayor Gray Announces New Resources to Connect District Residents with Jobs in Growing Hospitality Sector

Groups Awarded Grants to Provide Training and Job-Placement Services

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today announced the award of up to $700,000 in performance-based hospitality job-training grants to DC Central Kitchen and the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC) as part of the District’s Workforce Intermediary Pilot Project, a key component of the Mayor’s Five-Year Economic Development Strategy. With these grants, which will be administered by the District’s Workforce Investment Council (WIC), DC Central Kitchen will provide training for at least 70 District residents in culinary-arts occupations, and UDC-CC will partner with Goodwill of Greater Washington and Progressive Partners LLC to provide training for at least 70 residents for jobs in the hotel industry.

“As the newly released unemployment numbers highlight, my administration is fully committed to using every tool in our toolbox to connect District residents to jobs,” said Mayor Gray. “Adding employer-focused training and job-placement capacity aimed squarely at connecting our unemployed residents with the emerging hospitality-sector jobs we are working to create is an important investment in our workforce system. This investment will benefit District residents and businesses, and it will help us to continue driving unemployment even lower.”

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