Charles Town’s commitment to revitalization has become apparent as two dozen vacant structures are being razed. The Charles Town Vacant Structures board has been working with property owners to make progress on these abandoned structures and has begun the demolition process. To read full article, follow this link:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization announced a total of approximately $3.0 million to be divided and awarded through Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants for approximately 15 communities for the 2013 fiscal year.
The EPA states that these funds can be used “…to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, and wastewater-related training.” These grants require that certain types of training be provided as outline in Section III.C., Threshold Eligibility Criteria, but also encourages applicants to develop their own curricula based on local labor markets and hiring needs.
The grant applications are due at 11:59pm on April 9, 2013. For more information and guidance, please visit http://www.epa.gov/oswer/docs/grants/epa-oswer-oblr-12-03.pdf OR http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/job.htm#env
On Thursday, March 14 from 3:00-5:00pm EST, the EPA will host a webinar to provide an overview of the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant application guidelines, requirements, threshold/ranking criteria, frequently asked questions, tips for submitting a successful proposal, description of eligible use of funds, and a Q&A session. To register, follow this link: FY 2013 EPA CLU-IN Seminar Registration