BY COUNCILOR NESS:
The city council finds:
(a) Governor Tim Pawlenty has agreed to submit a WIRED (workforce innovations for regional economic development) grant application to the U.S. department of labor; and
(b) The $5,000,000 grant funding applied for would support a variety of workforce and economic development initiatives in order to assist the region in strengthening and expanding its economic base; and
(c) The Duluth workforce council, as the workforce investment board for the city of Duluth, would be among the designated grantees; and
(d) The city of Duluth committed itself as a partner with the Duluth workforce council in the establishment of a workforce strategy task force.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Duluth City Council expresses its support for the submission of the WIRED grant application.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the clerk shall furnish copies of this resolution to Congressman Oberstar, Governor Pawlenty and Minnesota’s senators.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution expresses the council’s support for the submission of a WIRED grant from Minnesota which, if received, will fund a variety of workforce and economic development projects to strengthen and expand the economy of northeastern Minnesota and Duluth.