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CARES Act Funding to Serve Unemployed and Businesses

In response to economic impacts of COVID-19 on businesses and residents, Cobb County Government has issued $1,000,000 CARES Act funding to CobbWorks, Inc., the private not-for-profit organization operating as WorkSource Cobb, to provide a robust Economic Recovery and Humanitarian Assistance Project to more than 230 Cobb residents and employers.

As the official workforce development agency for Cobb County, WorkSource Cobb is well-positioned to carry out the education, employment, training and supportive services necessary to aid in the economic recovery of the Cobb community.

The project focuses on high demand career fields such as healthcare, IT, advanced manufacturing, and transportation and logistics. It also prioritizes services based on immediate need to include short term and long term priorities. In the short term, eligible individuals receive education, training, and employment services focusing on high-wage, short-term training programs including apprenticeship models. Participants also have access to supportive services such as child care and transportation as needed. Long term support addresses employment retention and homelessness mitigation through rent assistance.

To aid employers in the wake of a slow economic recovery and encourage hiring, employers can receive assistance with talent recruitment and talent sourcing and 50% wage reimbursement for all eligible new hires, up to $5,000 per new hire.

The project aims to strengthen the Cobb County economy by providing resources and services to residents and employers during this tough economic downturn. "We could not be more excited about the approval of this grant and the fact that our Cobb County Commissioners understand the value in supporting residents and employers in this critical time. As a workforce agency, we have a responsibility to develop innovative strategies that improve education and skill levels of Cobb residents," explained Sonya Grant, executive director of WorkSource Cobb. "It is definitely a win-win, as the end result is a skilled talent pipeline for employers and economic mobility for residents which overall improves the quality of Cobb County's workforce, reduces welfare dependency, and enhances the productivity and competitiveness of the state and nation as a whole."

WorkSource Cobb is currently accepting applicants for the Economic Recovery and Humanitarian Assistance Project. Residents or employers interested in participating in the program can call 770-528-4300 or email information@cobbworks.org.