Gov. Strickland, Sen. Brown tout worker retraining, hiring program

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Gov. Strickland, Sen. Brown tout worker retraining, hiring program

Crain's Cleveland Business – Gov. Ted Strickland and Sen. Sherrod Brown were in Cleveland Monday morning to show off a stimulus package program they say is retraining Ohio workers for new careers.

Four companies using the program, and hiring workers, were at the media event to explain how they are using the program, which is administered by the Employment Connection, the joint work force development program operated by the city of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.

The elected officials lauded Project HIRE, which will spend $8 million throughout Ohio to help dislocated workers with training and job-finding assistance. The program will be providing up to $6,000 for individual workers who require training or certification for new employment.

"Project HIRE represents what the recovery package is all about — putting people back to work and investing in regional economies," said Sen. Brown said. "This is a great example of how the recovery package can address the economic downturn while allowing Ohio to emerge from it more prepared for the 21st century economy."

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