Your Voice Matters:
Help Advocate for Workforce Development Funding
from Natalie Branosky, Workforce Development Director
Dear Tompkins Chamber Members,
We need your muscle and influence. This is bigger than another round of PPP. In the pandemic and resulting economic shock, we’re experiencing a workforce crisis. The US Senate has decided the free market will self-correct, and that workforce development programs are not important to local communities.
But since mid-March, over 10,000 Tompkins County residents have accessed the workforce development system. Our goal is to use workforce program tools to support you as businesses, and to get workers skilled and back to work.
, email, tweet or call our representatives to express our funding request for these programs.
You can also quote the attached letter (link below).
- USE TWITTER, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, ETC and tag the following at least 3x per day with the hashtags #FundWorkforceRecovery #WkDev #EconDev
@RepTomReed @SenGillibrand @GillibrandNY @SenSchumer @ChuckSchumer
- EMAIL OR CALL OUR REPRESENTATIVES EVERY DAY
Rep Tom Reed
Senator Chuck Schumer
Senator Kristen Gillibrand
New York State is facing an unprecedented demand for unemployment insurance and a looming economic recession due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Over 3 million New Yorkers are unemployed and at risk of not returning to work due to business closure, layoffs, and a lack of skills to meet business requirements. Now more than ever, the employer-led, local workforce development system must have the federal resources necessary to provide businesses with the skilled workers needed for an equitable economic recovery for New York.
We in Tompkins County are aligned with the entire workforce industry’s request for a $15 billion investment the workforce system.
This crisis affects vulnerable groups, low wage workers, and a range of employees who may not be called back to their jobs. The additional funding must get to the local workforce system as quickly as possible, to support businesses and groups who access these services in our local economy.
If you need further assistance:
Contact Natalie Branosky, Executive Director of the Tompkins County Workforce Development Board, at 202 868 0975 /
for assistance or info.