“IS IT TRUE” JUNE 24, 2019

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.IS IT TRUE that this upcoming Wednesday City-County Observer “Living Outside The Box” Speakers Series  event will begin in earnest??  …we started out to make this event  invitation only but it quickly got out of control when we started to receive many requests from interested people that wanted to attend?  … we originally planned to invite 20 guest but it quickly multiplied to 40 guests?  …even more amazing is we now have a waiting list around 23 guests who want to attend our next session?IS IT TRUE if our elected officials want to clean up Jimtown and Jacobsville, the first step is to stop the Jims and Jacobs who seemly rob and pillage everything that is put there? …good paying jobs, reliable public transportation, affordable and livable housing, good schools, affordable daycare services, a quality grocery store and accessible and affordable healthcare would go a long way in helping people in that area?IS IT TRUE that last week a group of the more privilege individuals of this area attended a “plush” political fund raising event for Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch at the home of a local business tycoon?  …this event raised $200,000 for the re-election campaign of the Holcomb and Crouch ticket?  …did we forget to say that Mayor Winnecke gave a glowing introduction speech of Lt. Governor Crouch?IS IT TRUE that Mayor Winnecke re-election political war chest is alleged to have $750,000 in it?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that many citizens are extremely pleased with the way that District #77 State Representative Ryan Hatfield is conducting himself?IS IT TRUE it looks like the rampant drug related homicides investigation in our area is beginning to take a financial toll on the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s 2019 budget?IS IT TRUE we have an outstanding group of law enforcement professionals that are doing everything they can to protect us?  …Its almost impossible for members of law enforcement to stop anyone from killing someone?  …It’s obvious that it’s time for our  elected officials  to look for more creative ways to help of our law enforcement agencies so they can do a better job fighting violent crime?IS IT TRUE we are hearing that there is a quiet movement a foot to find a way to fund a discount grocery operation on North Main Street?  …we are told that the Director of the Evansville DMD may have found a one?  …we are told that this could be a developing story?IS IT TRUE we wonder how many people have received summons to appear at the Warrick, Posey and Vanderburgh County Superior Court-Small Claims Division to dispute the validity of a medical debt allegedly owed for medical services at area hospitals during the last two years?IS IT TRUE that ProPublica newspaper claims that medical bills are often riddled with errors? …that they also suggests that you should ask your medical provider if they have a financial assistance policy, which could result in a sliding scale discount?IS IT TRUE we wonder if  members of the City Council, County Commission or County Council will ever provide an interpreter for those attending meetings who have a major hearing problem?IS IT TRUE we are told that First Ward City Council candidate Ben Trockman is having a mega political fundraising event at the Knob House located on the property of the Knob Hill Tavern?  …this event is being held this coming Tuesday between 5:30 to 8:00 pm?IS IT TRUE if any candidate running for the Evansville City Council and would like to put their upcoming political event in the CCO  please send the information to City-County [email protected]?IS IT TRUE last year the Indiana Department of Revenue’s Tax Advisory Council convened behind closed doors for its inaugural quarterly meeting? … that the Revenue Tax Advisory Council was created in December of 2017?  …the group’s mission is to “shape the future of tax administration by providing input regarding agency operations, policies and legislative proposals,” according to the department?  …we wonder if they met behind closed doors this year? …we are highly disappointed that not one individual appointed to this Advisory Council is from this area?Todays ‘Readers Poll” question is: How do you rate the overall performance of Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “OBITUARIES, LEFT JAB, AND RIGHT JAB,  BIRTHDAYS, AND HOT JOBS” posted in our sections.  Oh, You can now be able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. “Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.”We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.last_img read more

Beastie Boys To Celebrate 30th Anniversary Of ‘Licensed To Ill’ With Deluxe Vinyl Re-Release

first_imgIt’s hard to believe that it has been thirty years since the famed Licensed To Ill record was born. Released on November 15, 1986, Ill put the Beastie Boys on the map, essentially introducing rap music to a much wider audience than ever before. Defined by hits like “Fight For Your Right” and “No Sleep Til’ Brooklyn,” the influence and sheer musicality of the Beastie Boys’ debut album puts it in a league with few others.In honor of the album’s thirty year anniversary, the band has announced a special deluxe vinyl re-release. Cut from the original production masters, the new release is due out on October 14th, 2016 on 180-gram vinyl. For more information, you can head here, though it appears the website is currently overwhelmed with traffic.You can also sit back and stream Licensed To Ill in the YouTube embedded below.last_img read more

Warren Haynes Welcomes Marco Benevento, Ron Holloway, And More At Christmas Pre-Jam [Videos]

first_imgWarren Haynes’ highly anticipated annual Christmas Jam is returning to Asheville, North Carolina’s U.S. Cellular Center this weekend, marking the all-star collaborative holiday party’s 30th anniversary.To kickoff the weekend on Thursday, Haynes hosted his annual Christmas Pre-Jam at Asheville’s Orange Peel, which included artists that are also performing throughout the weekend’s festivities.The evening opened up with Haynes performing three songs solo, before joining forces with the 45 Cherry Band, a reference to the original venue that hosted the Christmas Jam, and the band members—which included Mike Barnes, Rocky Lindsley, Jim Mascari, Johnny Jump, Jeff Anders and Philip Ashley— who were all present at the first Jam in 1988.Warren Haynes’ tribute to Col. Bruce Hampton[Video: WardenJune]Warren Haynes – “Mean Mistreatin’ Mama”[Video: Sean Roche]The Ron Holloway Band then played a brief set, highlighted by Jimmy Vivino joining for a cover of Neil Young’s “Down By The River”, and a set closing cover of “Baby Love” featuring Warren Haynes. Tyler Ramsey Band followed, as the frontman opened up the show solo with “1000 Blackbirds”, and welcomed up Warren Haynes later in his set for a take on “These Days”.Ron Holloway Band ft. Jimmy Vivino – “Down By The River”[Video: Sean Roche]Up next was a brief interview with Haynes conducted by WNCW, followed by a two-song performance with Maris. Marco Benevento and Vivino joined in on “Shallow”, followed by “Jolien” which featured Vivino and Haynes. Joanne Shaw Taylor was then joined by Haynes, Benevento, Rocky Lindsley, and Johnny Jump on “No Reason To Stay, Going Down”, before another brief interview session with Haynes.Marco Benevento and his band then played a brief set highlighted by Haynes guesting on the set-closing “At The Show”, before Kaizen made an appearance. Consisting of Jeff Sipe, Mike Barnes, and Mark McDaniels, the trio worked through “Life Games”, before inviting up Ron Holloway to assist on “Offspring”.Marco Benevento ft. Warren Haynes – “At The Show”[Video: WardenJune]Warren Haynes & Friends brought the evening to a close, as the all-star band opened up with “Red Baron”, which featured Jeff Sipe, Mike Barnes, Ron Holloway, Mark McDaniels, and Govt’ Mule bandmate Danny Louis. The band then worked through “Pick A Number Between 1 & 100”, before closing the show with a cover of Little Feat’s Spanish Moon, which featured Jeff Sipe, Ron Holloway, Johnny Jump, Danny Louis, Jimmy Vivino, and Rocky Lindsley.Warren Haynes & Friends – “Pick A Number Between 1 & 100”[Video: Sean Roche]Warren Haynes & Friends – “Spanish Moon”[Video: WardenJune]Luckily for fans, this weekend’s Christmas Jam festivities will be webcast via nugs.tv. For more information and to order this upcoming weekend’s Christmas Jam webcasts, head here.Setlist: Warren Haynes’ Christmas Pre-Jam | The Orange Peel | Asheville, NC | 12/6/2018WNCW IntroductionWarren Haynes Solo: Mean Mistreatin’ Mama, End Of The LineWarren Haynes & 45 Cherry Band: Just Before The Bullets Fly (Mike Barnes, Rocky Lindsley, Jim Mascari, Johnny Jump), One (Rocky Lindsley, Jim Mascari, Jeff Anders, Johnny Jump), Soulshine (Rocky Lindsley, Jim Mascari, Jack Mascari, Philip Ashley)Ron Holloway Band: (For God’s Sake) Give More Power To The People, Hair, Evidence, Down By The River (w/ Jimmy Vivino), Baby Love (w/ Warren Haynes)Tyler Ramsey Band: 1000 Blackbirds (Tyler solo), The Valley Wind, No One Goes Out, The Nightbird, These Days (w/ Warren Haynes), A Dream Of HomeWNCW Interview with WarrenMaris: Shallow (w/ Marco Benevento & Jimmy Vivino), Jolien (w/ Warren Haynes & Jimmy Vivino)Joanne Shaw Taylor: No Reason To Stay, Going Down (w/ Warren Haynes, Marco Benevento, Rocky Lindsley, Johnny Jump)WNCW Interview with Andy BarnettMarco Benevento: The Story Of Fred Short (I. Intro, II. Seven Twenty Two, III. Walking With Tyrone, IV. Live a Certain Life, V. Stay In Line, VI. I Can’t See the Light, VII. Follow the Arrow), Drop Kick, At The Show (w/ Warren Haynes)Kaizen (Jeff Sipe, Mike Barnes & Mark McDaniels): Life Games, Offspring (w/ Ron Holloway)Warren & Friends: Red Baron (Jeff Sipe, Mike Barnes, Ron Holloway, Mark McDaniels, Danny Louis), Pick A Number Between 1 & 100 (Kevin Kinney & The X-Mas Zambiland Orchestra with Jeff Sipe, Mike Barnes, Ron Holloway, Mark McDaniels, Danny Louis, Jimmy Vivino), Spanish Moon (Jeff Sipe, Ron Holloway, Johnny Jump, Danny Louis, Jimmy Vivino, Rocky Lindsley)[H/T Jambands.com]last_img read more

Songwriters Hall Of Fame Announces 2019 Inductees Including John Prine, Missy Elliott

first_imgToday, the Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced their 2019 inductee class, which includes “performing songwriters” John Prine, Missy Elliott, and Yusuf/Cat Stevens and “non-performing songwriters Tom T. Hall, Dallas Austin, and Jack Tempchin.As Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman and Chic frontman Nile Rodgers notes in a statement about the inductions,The first thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the second thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the third thing you need to know is it’s about the song. That’s true now more than ever but it has always been about the song so I’m very proud that in my first year as Chairman of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame that we are recognizing some of the culturally most important songwriters of all time. The 2019 slate of inductees represents diversity and unity across genres and gender, highlighting our dedicated mission to honor music creators who have enriched our lives. These are writers who in their time literally transformed music and helped make what’s happening today possible.Of particular note, Missy Elliott’s induction marks the first time a female hip-hop artist has earned this recognition. She will also become just the third hip-hop artist ever inducted (following Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri). Elliott shared her thoughts and gratitude about the induction on Twitter today:I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 “Song Writers Hall of Fame also those who were nominated because their body of work is AMAZING I AM SO HUMBLY GRATEFUL to now be inducted also I you all #SHOF2019 pic.twitter.com/6LRHFoeVz1— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) January 12, 2019The six new inductees were announced as official nominees in November of 2018. Other nominees that will not be inducted this year included Annie Lennox, Chrissie Hynde, Mariah Carey, Mike Love, Vince Gill, Jeff Lynne, Jimmy Cliff, and more.The inductees will be officially honored at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame Annual Induction & Awards Gala on June 19th, 2019. For more information on this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees, head here.Congratulations to all the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees, and thank you for improving all of our lives with the gift of great songs.last_img read more

Couldn’t Get Tix to Idina Menzel at Radio City Music Hall? Click Here!

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 View Comments If/Then Star Files News flash, in case you’ve been living under a rock: Tony winner, If/Then star and Frozen sensation Idina Menzel is performing a one-night-only concert at Radio City Music Hall on June 16—but if you haven’t gotten your tickets to the extremely-super-sold-out show by now, you’re probably out of luck. Wait, wait, stop crying! Even if you won’t get to hear Menzel sing “Let It Go,” “The Wizard and I,” “Defying Gravity” and more of your favorites in person, you can have an at-home listening party right here on Broadway.com! Stream all 30 tracks on our Idina Menzel Spotify playlist below, grab some Frozen-themed treats and rock out in your living room. “Let it go, let it go…” Related Shows Idina Menzellast_img read more

Poinsettia Pointers.

first_imgLook for: Georgia greenhouses produce multicolored poinsettias big enough to hide behind, as 9-year-old Avery and 6-year-old Stuart (behind the plant) Thomas can attest. Trick Poinsettias Into Blooming Again Next Year Poinsettias are absolutely safe, too. They’ve been scrutinized over many years and are proven to be nonpoisonous plants, perfectly safe for display around children and pets. Georgia greenhouse growers are readying millions of dollars’ worth of poinsettias for the holiday season. You know it’s getting close to the holidays when poinsettias start showing up at florist shops and chain stores. And if you want to buy the best plant, you need to know where to get it and what to look for.Start by asking for Georgia-grown poinsettias. The very best-quality plants are locally grown and sold to florist shops and garden centers.It’s not easy to produce a perfect poinsettia. But Georgia growers do a great job. They grow more than 20 varieties in a dozen sizes and shapes, including some awesome 18-inch hanging baskets and 3-gallon floor planters, that fit almost any decorative scheme.Worth the PriceGeorgia-grown poinsettias may cost more, but they’re bigger and will last longer. They’ll be as clean and perfect as you can get with a live plant.Florists do a much better job caring for poinsettias, too, while they wait in the store to be bought.To get the best poinsettias, choose plants with thoroughly colored and expanded bracts. The red, white, pink and speckled “flowers” on poinsettias are actually bracts, or modified leaves. The real flowers are the tiny yellow things in the middle of the bracts. Photo: Paul Thomas Photo: Paul Thomas/small> Photo: Paul Thomascenter_img Photo: Paul Thomas After the holiday cleanup, which for most of us is in mid-January, poinsettias must be returned to fairly bright light to remain healthy. South, east or west windows work well.The bracts may begin to fall off fast. This is normal. If they last until March, your poinsettia was very happy where you put it.Before you begin fertilizing, cut off the long stems halfway down to the soil. By early April, when the bracts begin to die, cut the plant back, leaving four to six nodes or segments in the stem.Move OutdoorsAt this point, the poinsettias can be grown outdoors in full sun. If watered and fertilized, poinsettias will grow great outdoors. Trim them in June and plant them in 1-gallon pots or large indoor planters. Bracts with no blemishes.Dense foliage all the way down the stem.Plants about two and one-half times the height of the pot.Strong, stiff stems and broken stems. Support rings make stems less likely to snap.Small, yellow flowers just barely opened.Green, healthy lower leaves. Knowing what to look for can make buying holiday poinsettias more successful. You don’t buy poinsettias for their tiny, yellow flowers, but for the modified leaves, or bracts, that surround them. And though newer colors like this pink are out there now, most Americans still prefer the red ones. Carefully slip off the pot and look for white and light tan roots that have grown to the sides of the pot. Brown roots, or few roots, can be a bad sign. A poinsettia without good roots won’t last long in your home, so it pays to check out the root system.During the holidays, you can place poinsettias just about anywhere to brighten things up. They’ll last about three weeks in fairly dark places.Water CarefullyWhile it’s in the dark, water only when the soil is very dry. And don’t fertilize it. Overwatering or fertilizing your poinsettia during the holidays is the most common cause of rapid death.It’s always good to remove dead leaves, however. Losing a few leaves is expected when poinsettias are in dark places. As a poinsettia grows, trimming the new growth will allow branching and will form an impressive, bushy plant. Trim back new growth again around July 1 and again by mid-August.Outdoors, the plants will require fertilizing every week. Most houseplant fertilizers will do. Apply the same rate as you would for common houseplants. Continue to fertilize your plant all spring and summer, backing off the fertility rate as fall nears.If watered and fertilized properly, poinsettias will grow quite large, as high and wide as 5 feet.last_img read more

February data shows decline in US mortgage delinquency rates, Vermont still lowest in East

first_imgLender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE: LPS), a leading provider of integrated technology, data and analytics to the mortgage and real estate industries, reports the following “first look” at February 2011 month-end mortgage performance statistics derived from its loan-level database of nearly 40 million mortgage loans. Vermont has the ninth lowest delinquency rate in the nation, and the lowest east of the Mississippi.Total U.S. loan delinquency rate (loans 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure): 8.80%Month-over-month change in delinquency rate: -1.2%Year-over-year change in delinquency rate: -18.4%Total U.S. foreclosure pre-sale inventory rate: 4.15%Month-over-month change in foreclosure presale inventory rate: -0.2%Year-over-year change in foreclosure presale inventory rate: 7.4%Number of properties that are 30 or more days past due, but not in foreclosure: (A) 4,659,000Number of properties that are 90 or more days delinquent, but not in foreclosure: 2,165,000Number of properties in foreclosure pre-sale inventory: (B) 2,196,000Number of properties that are 30 or more days delinquent or in foreclosure: (A+B) 6,856,000States with highest percentage of non-current* loans: FL, NV, MS, NJ, GAStates with the lowest percentage of non-current* loans: MT, WY, AK, SD, ND*Non-current totals combine foreclosures and delinquencies as a percent of active loans in that state.Notes:- Totals are extrapolated based on LPS Applied Analytics’ loan-level database of mortgage assets.- All whole numbers are rounded to the nearest thousand.The company will provide a more in-depth review of this data in its monthly Mortgage Monitor report, which includes an analysis of data supplemented by in-depth charts and graphs that reflect trend and point-in-time observations.The Mortgage Monitor report will be available on LPS’ website, http://www.lpsvcs.com/NEWSROOM/INDUSTRYDATA/Pages/default.aspx(link is external), on March 25, 2011.For more information about gaining access to LPS’ loan-level database, please e-mail [email protected](link sends e-mail).About Lender Processing ServicesLender Processing Services, Inc. (LPS) is a leading provider of integrated technology, services and mortgage performance data and analytics, to the mortgage and real estate industries. LPS offers solutions that span the mortgage continuum, including lead generation, origination, servicing, workflow automation (Desktop(R)), portfolio retention and default, augmented by the company’s award-winning customer support and professional services. Approximately 50 percent of all U.S. mortgages by dollar volume are serviced using LPS’ Mortgage Servicing Package (MSP). LPS also offers proprietary mortgage and real estate data and analytics for the mortgage and capital markets industries. For more information about LPS, visit www.lpsvcs.com(link is external).JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – March 21, 2011 – Lender Processing Services, Inclast_img read more

A new director of the Institute of Tourism has been elected

first_imgAt the session of the Management Board held on October 2.10.2017, XNUMX. year, for the new director of the Institute of Tourism was unanimously elected Dr. sc. Damir Krešić, a longtime member of the research team of the Institute of Tourism.Dr. In the curriculum of the Institute, Krešić announced a new step forward in business, both in the segment of scientific work and in the segment of cooperation with the tourism industry. Particular emphasis was placed on the need for practical application of the results of scientific and professional work in the tourism industry, and the need to connect science with the tourism industry. Dr. sc. Damir Krešić has many years of experience in tourism development planning, both in Croatia and in the region. During his career so far, he has participated in numerous professional projects, is the author of a number of scientific papers in the field of tourism, and his work has contributed to improving the business of many entities engaged in the provision of services in tourism.Until now, the Institute of Tourism was headed by Dr. sc. Sanda Čorak, under whose leadership the Institute has successfully implemented numerous projects important for the sustainable development of Croatian tourism. Some of the significant projects of the Institute in the past period are the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020, the Tourist Satellite Balance (TSA), TOMAS – research of attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia and many others. Dr. Čorak remains at the Institute of Tourism in a scientific position.last_img read more

Announcement of protests by carriers throughout Croatia: Tourist transport on its knees

first_imgThis combination shackled us in quarantines, more or less strong, made us change our lives, habits, thoughts, jobs… One of the industries that first succumbed, and then completely stretched out is – tourism. Closed borders between cities, states, canceled transcontinental flights, ferry lines, stopped trains, buses… Until when? But we will like it. Safe. Tomorrow, Thursday at 11:55 am, buses, minibuses and vans will leave for a peaceful ride in Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, Osijek, Pula, Dubrovnik, Šibenik and Zadar. The realistic scenario is for leasing houses to seize 600 buses. But who will drive tourists when the borders open? Does this introduce foreign carriers through small doors in Croatia? It is a kind of parade, less a protest of the owners of companies in OCCASIONAL TRANSPORT, which were deprived of the opportunity to work, and thus income, by the ‘crown crisis’. They are ‘pressed’ by obligations under vehicle lease agreements, and tourism is not even in sight yet. Even if there is, who knows under what conditions tourists will ride. Weeks fly by, installments pile up, nervousness and helplessness take their toll. Leasing a home, because let’s be realistic, few people are able to open a bag and buy a bus in cash, they have no mercy. It is known how it goes and who will be the first to drum. Debentures are activated and a crash is imminent. Primarily small, and over time, stronger players. Few will survive, and when the borders open one day who will drive? and in what? A realistic scenario is that this will open the market to foreign carriers that their countries have helped keep their business afloat. What the ‘Occasional Transport’ representatives are looking for is; that the state help them, in agreement with the leasing companies, to freeze the principal and interest on their contracts for a minimum of one year and to urgently grant them liquidity funds, and extend the job rescue measure for a minimum of three months. Many industries are on the verge of collapse due to the crisis and leasing costs, and one of them is carriers. Permits for transit through the cities have been issued by the police, and tomorrow you can leave – which you will not board. With, of course, a distance of two meters and a thumb up for the survival of the transport profession in tourism.center_img They also sent a press release, stating that Hanfa had left the fate of the carrier to leasing companies with a recommendation on a moratorium. Literally, she sacrificed them. One scenario is that leasing companies could seize more than 600 vehicles for tourist transport throughout Croatia. There are almost 2000 employees in this sector. They fall at the expense of the state in an instant. The measures taken so far to save jobs are just a drop in the ocean of the needs of carriers in tourism. The owners are fed up because they are aware of the value of every driver, mechanic, every link in the fragile industry. The large outflow of drivers in the last ten years to Western countries for better wages and working conditions has been a problem anyway, so it is all the more important to keep all employees. The well-known syllable #stay at home, the carriers paraphrased in #you will be left homeless. Small, so tiny that it can’t be seen with the naked eye, a virus – the world has stopped. As in a giant wall of domino tiles, regions, states, cities, continents fell… Everything stopped because of that little evil, which got its name CVD-19. But the virus, colloquially called the ‘crown’ is not alone. He has two powerful allies – ignorance and fear. Nobody knows. The first battles have been won, the number of healed is growing, but the war is still going on. And not one. At the same time, there is a war for survival. It’s hard to say who is the most vulnerable category in the trouble of a stopped world. From everyone’s point of view, the burden is the heaviest for everyone. But there is no doubt, economically speaking – tourism was the first to fall. And the latter will rise into a new circle of life. Different, no doubt. One segment of this huge industry managed to organize itself – with plenty of emotions, discussions and stories – and launch an initiative that will turn Zagreb, Split, Kvarner, Istria and Dalmatia for half an hour into a soundscape we are not used to in recent months of silence. Photo: Pexels.comlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New PAsmart Apprenticeship Grants to Boost Northwest PA’s Industries

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces New PAsmart Apprenticeship Grants to Boost Northwest PA’s Industries February 06, 2019 PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced $467,000 in PAsmart grants for Northwest Pennsylvania today as part of his PAsmart initiative. The grants will support the northwestern region’s plastics, advanced manufacturing, and building and construction industries with on-the-job training opportunities and private- and public-sector partnerships to help Pennsylvanians in this region gain the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century economy.“Our world is constantly changing with new businesses, new industries, and new technology. To keep up, we need a workforce development system that is just as innovative and flexible to prepare people for those emerging fields and careers,” Governor Wolf said. “These PAsmart grants will provide opportunities for students, workers and job seekers to gain the technical skills needed in growing industries in Northwestern Pennsylvania.”The governor launched PAsmart last year to bolster STEM education, apprenticeships and job training. The governor’s budget unveiled Tuesday builds on the success of PAsmart to create opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. The governor’s Statewide Workforce, Education, and Accountability Program (SWEAP) provides opportunities for Pennsylvanians from birth to retirement. The proposal expands access to early childhood education, increases investments in schools, and partners with the private sector to build on the PAsmart initiative, a groundbreaking approach to workforce development for Pennsylvania’s economy. Governor Wolf’s goal is to develop innovative solutions that close the skills gap and rapidly meet the needs of employers.The apprenticeship grants announced today support potential and existing programs to increase “earn while you learn” opportunities across Pennsylvania. The Industry Partnership grants will help to establish industry programs connecting workers and multiple employers in the same industry in a public-private partnership to provide job training.The following PAsmart grant winners and amounts were awarded in Northwest Pennsylvania. To view full details, visit Northwest PAsmart Grants.NWPA Job Connect – A $60,000 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to develop sponsored certified pre-apprenticeships in Northwest Pennsylvania and invest in education and training opportunities that support economic growth by building a pipeline of skilled and ready workers for registered apprenticeship programs in the Northwest area.Greater Erie Community Action Committee – A $45,950 pre-apprenticeship grant was awarded to administer a registered pre-apprenticeship program. The program will recruit, train and educate students about the opportunities in plastics in Northwestern Pennsylvania.Thomas P. Miller and Associates – A $280,555 Ambassador Network grant was awarded to convene a consortium of partners to identify local needs and provide quarterly webinars, technical assistance and promote apprenticeship growth and retention.NWPA Job Connect – A $43,252 Next Generation Manufacturing Industry Partnership grant was awarded to create a partnership in the Advanced Manufacturing industry.NWPA Job Connect – A $36,984 Next Generation Building and Construction Industry Partnership grant was awarded to create a partnership in the Building and Construction industries.Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Deputy Secretary for Workforce Development Eileen Cipriani met with the Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC) at Executool Precision Tooling in Erie today to highlight the new SWEAP proposal, as well as GECAC’s pre-apprenticeship PAsmart grant award.“SWEAP overhauls how state government coordinates education, workforce, and human services strategies so people can get the skills to be successful in in-demand jobs with family-sustaining wages, through programs such as registered apprenticeships,” said Cipriani. “The pre-apprenticeship grant awarded to the Greater Erie Community Action Committee will allow the organization to establish a pre-apprenticeship program to reach students in high school on career opportunities in their own backyard.”GECAC’s registered pre-apprenticeship program will recruit, train and educate local students about opportunities in plastics. The pre-apprenticeship program will offer a robust overview and hands-on experience in injection molding, and will build on the growing plastics industry in Erie County. Executool Precision Tooling is a registered employer under the pre-apprenticeship program, and partner Erie Together will assist in recruiting local employers and school districts to participate. Related technical instruction will be offered through Penn State Behrend’s Office of Community and Workforce Programs. The pre-apprentice program will be the first step for students who want to explore the plastics trade.“We are excited about the opportunity to support the PAsmart initiatives,” said Danny Jones, Chief Executive Officer of GECAC. “We believe this pre-apprenticeship will be a powerful program that will connect students to in-demand jobs opportunities and training throughout Erie County.”Cipriani toured Executool’s manufacturing facility in Erie and met with GECAC and Erie Together staff, Executool company officials and local school district administrators. Executool staff led the tour of the facility shop floor, including manufacturing equipment such as milling machines and lathes that pre-apprentices will operate as they are introduced to CNC basics and the basic mechanics of plastic injection molding.“As owner of Executool I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with GECAC, Penn State, and Erie Together on this pre-apprenticeship program,” said Gary Mayes, President, Executool Precision Tooling. “With our combined collaboration, we are bringing great career opportunities to the local region. Being a part of this educational program is a phenomenal benefit for my company.”Apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs approved by L&I’s Apprenticeship and Training Office (ATO) provide employer-driven training to create a more productive, highly-skilled workforce for employers and help reduce employee turnover. The program provides job seekers with increased skills, and a nationally recognized credential to support future career advancement and increased wages.The Wolf Administration created the ATO in 2016. Since then, the office has registered 137 new sponsors and 187 new apprenticeship programs or occupations, bringing the total number of registered apprentices to 16,940 statewide.For more information about pursuing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life, visit PAsmart.Visit ATO for more information about apprenticeship programs and the Apprenticeship and Training Office.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more