Arizona tribe receives $4 million in federal funding for workforce development

Arizona tribe receives  million in federal funding for workforce development

PHOENIX – An Arizona tribe has received $4 million in federal funding to support workforce development efforts, officials announced this week.

The grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration will promote workforce development on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation and surrounding communities.

The Pascua Yaqui Development Corporation in Tucson will use the funding for a new 35,000-square-foot workforce development facility. The tribal corporation will also purchase heavy equipment for use in job training.

The federal investment is expected to create about 135 new jobs, officials said.

“President (Joe) Biden’s Investing in America agenda is about ensuring that all communities have the resources and opportunities they need to thrive in today’s economy, and this EDA investment will give members of the Pascua Yaqui community the skills they need for quality jobs in the construction industry,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a news release Tuesday.

Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Arizona) welcomed the investment, noting the unique needs of Arizona’s tribes and rural communities.

“This funding for the Pascua Yaqui community is a great example of how we can create good-paying jobs and strengthen our workforce,” Kelly said in the release. “By building a new training facility and providing essential resources, we are helping to build a stronger, more resilient economy for southern Arizona.”

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Alejandra Y. Castillo highlighted the element of the grant that focuses on “place-based economic growth.”

“The Economic Development Administration works closely with local communities to support place-based economic growth,” Castillo said in the release. “This investment will strengthen the construction and labor industries, creating new jobs while helping to diversify the local economy.”

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