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White House Designates Baltimore As 'Workforce Hub'


(Washington, DC) -- Baltimore is one of five cities being designated as "workforce hubs" by the Biden Administration.

The goal is to encourage more public and private investment in new and innovative industries.

"The Administration will partner with state and local officials, employers, unions, community colleges, high schools, and other stakeholders to ensure a diverse and skilled workforce can meet the demand for labor driven by these investments, starting with five focus regions beginning this summer: Phoenix, Columbus, Baltimore, Augusta, and Pittsburgh. These efforts will not only strengthen the five cities—they will create models the Administration will work to replicate with partners across the country." -The White House

Baltimore is being singled out because the White House says its position in the Northeast Corridor makes it essential to efforts to upgrade the nation's rail service through the federal infrastructure law.

"In January, President Biden visited Baltimore for the kickoff to replace the 150-year-old Frederick Douglass Tunnel—a project estimated to create 30,000 jobs that will be built with a project-labor agreement between Amtrak and the local building trades unions."

Baltimore is also being recognized for its "burgeoning" offshore wind industry.

The administration also cited Baltimore for using coronavirus relief funds to expand numerous workforce efforts.

"The city is also using $30 million in American Rescue Plan funds to expand many workforce efforts, including credential programs to help workers get jobs in in-demand fields."