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Montgomery County Receives $2.7 Million In Workforce Development Grants

Montgomery County Commision President Debbie Leiberman (center) and other county and business leaders annouce $2.7 million awarded to the county for workforce development.
Jerry Kenney
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Montgomery County Commision President Debbie Leiberman (center) and other county and business leaders annouce $2.7 million awarded to the county for workforce development.

Montgomery County has announced $2.7 million in new federal and state funding for workforce development.

The county’s workforce division will use two U.S. Department of Labor grants to fund job training programs in manufacturing, logistics, and transportation. County officials say $2.4 million will help train about 1,000 residents for new careers, working in partnership with Sinclair Community College, Miami Valley Career Technology Center and employers seeking on-the-job training.

The county also announced that an additional $400,000 from the state will support job training, recruitment and hiring for the Fuyao Glass America plant.

John Gauthier, the CEO of Fuyao Glass America, says grants like this are critical for companies trying to get established in new communities.

“Especially for Fuyao, having really no prior Dayton ties and being fresh in the community, having those friendly faces and those friendly folk to help us through and give us support where needed is extremely critical,” he said at a press conference on Monday.

Fuyao is in the process of hiring more than 1,500 workers in the Dayton area. The Chinese-owned company plans to put $360 million dollars into redeveloping the former GM factory in Moraine.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.