BY COUNCILOR ATKINS:
WHEREAS, the city of Duluth (the City) has been designated as a workforce service area by the state of Minnesota; and
WHEREAS, the city is required by the workforce investment act to have an oversight body which in Duluth is the Duluth Workforce Council, Inc. (Workforce Council); and
WHEREAS, the Workforce Council desires to engage in additional activities, particularly with regard to establishing linkages with employers and economic development entities; and
WHEREAS, funding for these additional activities may be provided by grants to the Workforce Council; and
WHEREAS, the Workforce Council has been awarded a grant in the amount of $15,000 from the state of Minnesota acting through the governor's workforce development council/department of employment and economic development in order to provide a community awareness initiative entitled "the Northland Works"; and
WHEREAS, the Workforce Council desires the city to act as fiscal agent for grants which it receives including the Northland Works initiative.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth through its finance director agrees to act as fiscal agent for the Northland Works initiative grant to the Workforce Council from the State of Minnesota in the amount of $15,000 to be deposited into and expenditures to be paid out of Fund 0210.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the city of Duluth through its finance director agrees to act as fiscal agent for additional grants which may be awarded to the Workforce Council, such grant funds to be deposited into and paid out of Fund 0210.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: The City of Duluth has been designated as a "Workforce Service Area" (WSA) by the State of Minnesota. This designation means that funding for employment and training programs as authorized by the federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA) flow through the State to the City. As a WSA, the City is required by the WIA to have an oversight body known as a "workforce investment board." Members of this board provide administrative oversight to the program. The board is also expected to establish linkages with local employers as well as with economic development activities in order to further advance the goals of the workforce development employment and training programs. Since the City is designated as the WSA and the programs are operated by City staff or other providers under contract with the City, funding is generally applied for in the name of and awarded to the City.
In Duluth, the workforce investment board is the Workforce Council. From time to time the Workforce Council engages in other activities, particularly with regard to its obligation to establish linkages with employers and economic development entities. In such cases, City staff is not involved, and funding may be provided by various grants directly to the Workforce Council. Since the Workforce Council has no staff of its own, and does not have any bank accounts, it desires to have the City act as its fiscal agent for grants awarded to it.
The Workforce Council has initiated a project known as "The Northland Works" to increase public awareness about jobs in existing businesses in the Duluth area; educate citizens about the education and work experience necessary to fill current and future jobs in the area; and increase public awareness of the Workforce Council and its role in ensuring workforce services in the Duluth area. The state of Minnesota has awarded a $15,000 grant to the Workforce Council for the Northland Works initiative. This resolution authorizes the City's Finance Director to act as fiscal agent for this and other grants awarded to the Workforce Council.