Past Workforce Initiatives
KC Jobs Accelerator: In September 2011, the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration, Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration and the Small Business Administration (SBA) selected the Greater Kansas City region to receive funds from the Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. The region received $1,891,338 for its project to increase employment opportunities at the intersection of two industry clusters — advanced manufacturing and information technology. The two-year grant focused on providing business acceleration services to small and mid-sized businesses to grow through supply-chain connections, market intelligence, and technical services and strengthening global competitiveness. Training programs were also strengthened to reducing the need for foreign workers using H1B visas by advancing skills within IT and manufacturing. Download the KC Jobs Accelerator Final Report»
EnergyWorks KC: When Kansas City, Mo., received a $20 million EnergyWorks KC grant to support energy conservation efforts in the city and throughout the metro area by helping to transform the building retrofit market, the city contracted with MARC to strengthen the workforce development system for green jobs and promote innovative practices in energy conservation. MARC worked with six organizations in the Kansas City region to provide workforce development training programs in energy efficiency, water conservation and deconstruction through the EnergyWorks KC program. The organizations include the Metropolitan Energy Center, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, University of Central Missouri, Metropolitan Community College and Full Employment Council. Download MARC's EnergyWorksKC Final Report»
Green Impact Zone: The Green Impact Zone was a community transformation initiative that operated in a 150-square-block area of Kansas City's urban core between 2009 and 2014 and concentrated on developing a jobs pipeline that provided workplace readiness training for zone residents who wanted to attain long-term employment. The zone offered Essential Employability Skills training to residents; those who successfully completed the training received continued assistance and networking support to connect to area employers. MARC worked with community partners to transition the skills training program so that it continues to be available to help residents gain the skills needed for successful employment.
Green Jobs Taskforce: As part of the EnergyWorks KC program, MARC staff convenes the Green Jobs Taskforce to discuss job creation opportunities through EnergyWorks KC and other energy efficiency projects occurring in the region. EnergyWorks KC is a $20 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant that was awarded to the city of Kansas City, Missouri. MARC is under contract to receive approximately $3 million to support energy conservation, workforce development and public outreach and education in seven Kansas City neighborhoods, including the Green Impact Zone, and to support replication in the entire metro area.
The EnergyWorks KC program has awarded over $900,000 in grants to support the pipeline to bring area residents through training to job placement and career opportunities. In January 2012, MARC awarded 6 organizations in the Kansas City region to provide workforce development training programs in energy efficiency, water conservation and deconstruction through the EnergyWorks KC program.
The Green Jobs Taskforce meets on a quarterly basis to discuss the efforts of EnergyWorks KC and other green training programs throughout the Kansas City region. For additional information on how to become involved, please contact Sheri Gonzales Warren at email@example.com.