WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced $4 million in federal funding for the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center in Peoria. The grant, from the U.S. Department of Labor’s “America’s Promise” program, will be used to grow regional partnerships between workforce agencies, education and training providers and employees.
“Our region has a rich manufacturing history, and nothing is more important than creating good-paying jobs that can support a family,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “I’m proud to announce federal funding to support workforce development programs because we need to ensure that people have the skills to succeed in today’s 21st century economy. Together, we must continue working to create jobs and grow Illinois’ manufacturing future.”
Congresswoman Bustos has been a strong proponent of our region’s manufacturing economy. In January, she hosted her annual Economic Summit, which focused on closing the skills gap facing many manufacturers. She also has introduced the Boosting America’s Exports Act, aiming to give small and medium sized businesses and manufacturers the tools they need to sell their American-made products in new markets.