ND Department of Commerce awards $4.2 million in grants to promote regional workforce solutions – Grand Forks Herald

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced that 13 organizations recently received $4,288,345 in Round 2 grants through the Regional Workforce Impact Program (RWIP). The RWIP awards grants to regional workforce organizations in North Dakota to design and implement innovative plans to address their region's most challenging workforce challenges.

“We are excited about the creativity and regional focus of these second round RWIP fellows,” said Janna Pastir, deputy director of Commerce Workforce. “These projects directly address the child care shortage and workforce recruitment challenges facing many North Dakota communities. By supporting expansion of childcare capacity and innovative marketing campaigns, we are investing in a stronger workforce pipeline for the future.”

RWIP recipients include:

  • Childcare learning adventure received $487,000 to purchase a building and expand child care capacity by 70 spaces.
  • Economic development of the western region received $40,000 for national digital marketing of regional in-person job fairs.
  • El Way child care was funded at $331,216 to construct a physical expansion and add 58 child care spaces, including 12 toddler spaces.
  • Walsh County JDA was funded with $380,593 for two separate projects, one of which will address labor shortages by attracting new residents through marketing and events, while the other project will expand a child care facility by an additional 30 spaces through a new ventilation system.
  • Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (GFMEDC) was funded with $500,000 to create two separate marketing campaigns, one highlighting the benefits of living and working in the area, including developing videos, a website and automated communications, and the other to attract alumni and a broader one Attract and retain workforce audiences.
  • Wyndmere CARE was awarded $495,478 to enable the construction of a new child care facility with capacity for 60 children.
  • Buzy Beez Childcare LLC received $169,000 to purchase a commercial property and open a new child care facility with capacity for 30 children.
  • Victory Christian School Child Care received $500,000 for child care expansion to add 48 new child care spaces.
  • Bismarck Mandan EDC received $100,000 to create video testimonials and drone footage showcasing the area's growth and lifestyle to attract new talent.
  • Childcare at the parish church received $428,045 for the second phase of its child care center project and added 50 full-time positions.
  • The Enrichment Garden received $500,000 to expand its child care facility in northwest Bismarck and add 30 child care spaces.
  • Bowman County Development Corporation received $152,583 for a talent acquisition campaign to fill urgently needed positions.
  • Roosevelt Custer Regional Councilreceived $204,430 to support the Wide Open Wonder recruiting campaign.

Round 3 of the RWIP is currently open until July 9, 2024 and eligible applicants can apply at ndgov/RWIP.

By Prairie Business Staff

Prairie Business magazine is published monthly by the Grand Forks Herald and Forum Communications.

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