Economic Development

Missouri Valley’s Community Action Agency’s Exceptional Community Innovation Recognized with National Award

Stacy Flowers MARSHALL, Mo., Sept. 10, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Missouri Valley Community Action Agency is one of four Community Action Agencies (CAAs) working to alleviate poverty in America to receive the 2013 Community Economic Development Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award. The awards, administered by the Community Action Partnership, were presented August 29, 2013 at the organization’s Annual Convention in Chicago.

In order to be selected, the winning projects were evaluated based on its effectiveness in job creation, asset building, and economic impact on low-income communities in three categories: Entrepreneurship, Protege, and Master Innovator. MVCAA’s Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) was selected as a winner in the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation category.

Missouri Valley Community Action Agency’s MADE provides support for new and developing businesses. Participants receive mentoring, professional and technical support as they work to actualize their business ideas into sustainable business ventures. To date, MADE has assisted in the development of over 30 businesses that employ 130 people in Missouri.

“In many communities, the Community Action Agencies are THE go-to organization for helping people, creating jobs and improving communities-and this role increases during challenging economic times,” said Pam LaFrenz, Executive Director of MVCAA. “That’s why we created our program, and we’re proud not only that it has been cited as one of the best in the country, but that it’s making a considerable positive impact on our neighbors, both financially and personally.”

The award, created in 2010, honors CAAs for exemplary leadership and innovation in creating change for low-income people and families-specifically in economic development. It is part of the Partnership’s Community Economic Development Exemplary Practice Initiative, funded by the federal Office of Community Services/Administration for Children and Families/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Despite the fact that CAAs are under increased pressure due to budget cuts and growing requests for services, they are still leading the way in terms of novel approaches that are really helping low-income people and communities thrive,” said Stacy Flowers, Director of Community Economic Development at the Community Action Partnership. “The award winners highlight CAAs’ unique ability to spearhead programs that promote economic security and reduce poverty.”

Community Action helps families and communities meet their unique needs and ensure that all community members have an opportunity to thrive and to contribute to the success of their communities and neighborhoods.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Community Action Partnership provides training and other services to more than 1,000 Community Action Agencies across America that are helping low-income people and families improve their lives, strengthen their communities and embody the spirit of hope. For more information, visit http://www.communityactionpartnership.com/ or follow the organization on Twitter, https://twitter.com/CAPartnership .

More information about MVCAA: http://mvcaa.net/ .

PHOTO CAPTION: Pam LaFrenz, Cheryl Zimny and Stacy Flowers with MADE award.

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County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board helps dialysis center expand staff through no-cost programs

VICTORVILLE, Calif., June 28, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Recently, Desert Cities Dialysis needed to hire new employees; however all of its applicants were recent graduates who required extensive training. Manager Zabelle Cosson recognized that the County of San Bernardino’s recruitment services and On-The-Job Training program could offset costs of finding and training the right people. The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board (WIB) screened all applicants and referred the most qualified to Desert City Dialysis.

The WIB’s On-The-Job Training program provided partial wage reimbursement for the first 90 days of employment, the designated training period. Through these no-cost programs, Desert City Dialysis hired and trained two employees saving almost $7,000.

Assistance from the County of San Bernardino WIB made it possible for Desert City to grow quickly and hire locally. “The Workforce Investment Board helped us find and train the right employees,” shares Cosson. “Both employees are still with our company and are excelling in their positions.”

Desert City Dialysis is one of many high desert businesses served by the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board.

“On-the-Job Training helps relieve a business’ growing pains by providing the resources to grow without the financial burden of recruitment and training,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “The Workforce Investment Board’s goal is to help create permanent jobs through these no-cost programs.”

The Workforce Investment Board offers free services and programs to local businesses through its Business Resource Team. The Business Resource team assists local companies with services such as layoff aversion programs and process improvement assistance that save and create jobs. Additionally the Business Resource Team provides business workshops, access to the On-the-Job Training programs and recruitment services.

“In one year, the Workforce Investment Board trained more than 3,300 job seekers for high-demand industries and built relationships with 2,800 businesses,” stated Chair and Second District Supervisor, Janice Rutherford. “This work is critical to the continued growth of our local economy.”

Businesses interested in learning more about or enrolling in the no-cost services provided by the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board can visit http://www.csb-win.org/ or call 1-800-451-JOBS.

About Desert Cities Dialysis, High Desert Nephrology:
Desert Cities Dialysis, with offices in both Victorville and Barstow, specialize in the evaluation and treatment of patients with kidney disease and kidney disorders. Their staff is composed of licensed physicians, social workers, registered dieticians, registered nurses, and certified dialysis technicians who provide care and support for our patients and their families.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The Workforce Investment Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org . Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBWIB Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board Announces Business Survey Results that Point to Economic Growth

Workforce DevelopmentSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., April 3, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board surveyed 1,400 local businesses to identify trends in future hiring and growth. The results indicated that companies are recovering and beginning to hire in the County’s top demand industries: manufacturing, health care, transportation and logistics, energy and utilities, and construction.

“The Workforce Investment Board’s business services team meets regularly with employers both to offer no cost services to support their needs and to gather information on employment trends,” says Brad Gates, Deputy Director for Business Services, Workforce Investment Board. “We are seeing continual upward trends in the County, especially in logistics and transportation and manufacturing. As more industries regain their footing and start hiring, the County’s economy will continue to gain momentum and grow.”

A recent comparison of data from third quarter 2011 and third quarter 2012 showed that both the transportation and logistics and the manufacturing sectors are recovering, with many employers planning to hire. In transportation and logistics, 33 percent of the businesses surveyed in the third quarter reported that their sales are increasing, and zero percent of businesses answered that their sales are declining.

This is a significant increase compared to the third quarter of 2011, when only 26 percent reported increasing sales and 14 percent reported declining. The Workforce Investment Board has identified transportation and logistics as an in demand employment sector.

“With such a boom in transportation and logistics, it only makes sense to for us to strategically focus our limited resources in this and the other growing industries. We want to work with the County’s competitive advantages to create a trained and skilled workforce that will continue to build growing industry sectors,” states Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board.

The manufacturing industry shows a similar trend; sales and employment have increased significantly. Thirty-nine percent of employers surveyed reported that sales are increasing and 41 percent of employers reported that employment trends are increasing, this industry is growing quickly.

Along with the rise of these business sectors, a recent survey also shows that the local unemployment rate is inching down each month.

“The County’s economy is starting to pick up momentum thanks to significant growth in our major industries. The continued support of our Workforce Investment Board and its business services team will keep our economy in a positive direction,” said Chair Janice Rutherford, County of San Bernardino Second District Supervisor.

Services such as process improvement consulting, employee training, On-the-Job training, and recruitment are available at no cost to businesses in San Bernardino County through the Workforce Investment Board. For information on upcoming training classes, contact the local Employment Resource Center or call (800) 451-JOBS; visit www.csb-win.org .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment. Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

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2013 MADE in Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition Begins

MADE in MissouriMARSHALL, Mo., March 19, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Missouri Valley Community Action Agency is pleased to announce the fourth MADE in Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition. The 2013 competition encourages new and aspiring business through a competitive, educational and technical business development process. Grants are awarded to competition winners for startup costs or operating capital.

The Competition gives new and potential business owners in Missouri an opportunity to compete with other fledgling businesses throughout the state. It is designed to foster sustainable business in Missouri by Missouri residents.

Cheryl Zimny said, “An entrepreneur with an idea can change the world. Will it be you? Will it be one of this year’s competitors?” As Glen Beck would say “Small business is the heart of this nation.” It’s what the U.S. is all about. It is what a strong Missouri economy is all about.

At the preliminary level, participants complete a questionnaire outlining the key factors of their business idea along with leadership, management, community, and environmental plans for implementation. Semi-finalists complete a business plan and sales presentation. Finalists present a live presentation of their business plans, products, and services at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia Missouri on August 12, 2013.

The Competition challenges potential entrepreneurs to move forward and assists them in finding a network of resources to develop and refine their business ideas. Participants are aided with technical assistance, communication skills, marketing and financial advice from the Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE).

MADE is comprised of diverse organizations, technical professionals, university members, federal and state department personnel and entrepreneurs. It includes the Federal Reserve Banks of Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center and the University of Missouri Extension among others.

Registration is open to potential or current business owners in Missouri that have been in operation three years or less. There are Youth and Open categories for participation. Participants considering going in to business for the first time are welcomed.

Application material can be accessed online at http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE.

Submission deadline is May 31, 2013. Submission by mail must be postmarked by May 31; email applications must be received by 5 p.m. For more information visit mvcaa.net or contact Cheryl Zimny at Made.mvcaa@gmail.com.

This project is facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri (www.mvcaa.net). It is funded 75 percent with federal funds and 25 percent by nongovernmental sources. Federal funds are from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and provided through the Missouri Department of Social Services.

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Hi-Desert Medical Center Meets Staffing Needs with Help from The Workforce Investment Board

On-the-Job TrainingSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., March 11, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — By leveraging the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County’s On-the-Job Training program, the Hi-Desert Medical Center has recently added six full-time registered nurses and saved $25,000 in hiring and training costs.

Once challenged by the economy, the Hi-Desert Medical Center is now flourishing with help from the Workforce Investment Board. The company has used the Workforce Investment Board’s business services to maintain their 600 person staff in the past, and recognized that the On-the-Job Training would make it possible to achieve their staffing goals.

The Workforce Investment Board offered the Hi-Desert Medical Center a number of services including recruitment assistance, job advertisement, On-the-Job Training and strategic planning. Offered at no cost to the employer, these programs reduced hiring costs and increased productivity.

“When we learned about the On-the-Job Training program, it sounded too good to be true,” said Lionel Chadwick, Chief Executive Officer for Hi-Desert Medical Center. “The financial and professional support provided by the Workforce Investment Board’s program reduced our expense, limited our risk, and helped us recruit excellent employees at no cost to us. It was the answer to our growing pains.”

The On-the-Job Training program reimbursed the Hi-Desert Medical Center for a portion of a new hire’s wages during the initial training period. Now fully trained and having completed the probationary period, all six employees have been permanently hired on full-time at $28.04 per hour.

“Hi-Desert Medical Center is a perfect example of how the Workforce Investment Board programs assist employers,” stated Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “On-the-Job training bridges the gap for a business that needs to expand their workforce.”

The Workforce Investment Board also offers many free services and programs to local businesses through its Business Resource Team. The Business Resource team assists local companies with services such as layoff aversion programs and process improvement services that save and create jobs. Additionally the Business Resource Team provides business workshops, access to the On-the-Job Training program and assistance matching finding job seekers with the skills employers are seeking.

In 2011, the Workforce Investment Board trained more than 3,300 job seekers to enter careers in high-demand industry sectors the Business Resource Team visited and established relationships with more than 2,800 local businesses.

“The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board is helping the county to create a vibrant economy with a skilled workforce,” said James Ramos, Third District Supervisor. “We are proud of their efforts.”

For information on upcoming WIB training classes and programs, contact the local Employment Resource Center or call (800) 451-JOBS; visit www.csb-win.org .

About Hi-Desert Medical Center:
Hi-Desert Memorial Health Care District distinguishes itself as the leader for healthcare services of the Morongo Basin. A modern, nonprofit 59-bed acute primary care hospital is located on the principal campus of the Hi-Desert Medical Center. Services include a wide range of quality inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation services, home health and hospice services, and a variety of community outreach services.

Hi-Desert Medical Center has more than 90 physicians in 25 medical specialties and over 600 employees. Licensed by the State of California and fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and the California Medical Association, the hospital holds membership in the California Healthcare Association and the Hospital Council of Southern California.

For more information, visit the Hi-Desert Medical Center at http://www.hdmc.org/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The Workforce Investment Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on Twitter @InlandEmpireJob and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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iFOS is Seeking External Application Reviewers for CDFI Fund and NMTC Programs for Fiscal Year 2013

iFOS Managing Consultants LLCCLARKSVILLE, Md., March 5, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Intelligent Fiscal Optimal Solutions (iFOS®) Managing Consultants, LLC is seeking applicants to serve as field reviewers in evaluating grant applications submitted to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) for the fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding rounds of the Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program), Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program) and New Market Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program).

The CDFI Fund expects to provide up to $165 million in Financial Assistance and Technical Assistance awards for FY 2013.

Applicants working in the following sectors with the minimum educational requirement are encouraged to apply: Community Development Entities, Credit Unions, Banks, Venture Capital Funds, Affordable Housing Development, Small Business Lending Programs, and Tax Credit Programs.

Reviewer Requirements:
- Ability to work remotely and on a flexible schedule to meet established deadlines;
- Excellent writing skills;
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret documents such as business plans and financial statements;
- Ability to articulate evaluation and analysis in writing;
- Integrity to report interests honestly; safeguard the confidentiality of applications and agency guidance; and conduct reviews with consistency, fairness, and objectivity;
- Must be able to dedicate at least 20 hours per week to application reviews for 3-6 weeks review period;
- High speed internet access is required.

Education and Experience Qualifications:
- Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Public or Business Administration, Economics, Urban Planning and Development, or related field;
- 5+years expertise in community and economic development finance;
- Experience working in and/or with low income and underserved communities;
- Experience analyzing financial statements;
- Experience performing underwriting of loans and/or investments;
- Prior experience with evaluating CDFI Fund and/or Native American CDFI Assistance (NACA), and New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) Program applications preferred;
- Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Reviewer Stipend: Incentives to earn up to $175 per reviewer assignment.

How to Apply:
Those interested in serving as a field reviewer should register at www.ifosgrps.com and submit their resume for consideration. The subsequent cutoff for the review and acceptance of applications is Friday, March 29, 2013 by 5 p.m. ET. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered under rolling admissions for subsequent funding competitions.

Selection: Individuals selected for assignments will be required to complete a Non-Disclosure Agreement, Conflict of Interest Statement, Reviewer Agreement with required IRS W-9 Form for payments; and attend training session(s).

For more information about Intelligent Fiscal Optimal Solutions please visit: http://ifoscorp.com/ .

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Safety First, Then Jobs for Northwest Pipe

process improvement programSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Feb. 19, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Employees of Northwest Pipe, a leading manufacturer of welded steel pipe, have completed the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (SBCWIB) process improvement program. Completion of this program has done more than increase employee productivity and safety, it has created new jobs.

Northwest Pipe enrolled 12 employees, including both management and staff, in the training program focused on technical and safety operations. Each participant was trained using Simple Organizational Excellence Methodologies to systematically and continuously improve their business operations by reducing waste and increasing operational efficiencies. By reducing waste, a company can improve employee safety, production output, production capacity, and employee morale.

According to Amy Byrnes, Northwest Pipe’s Human Resource Manager of the Adelanto Facility, the Workforce Investment Board training gave Northwest Pipe an effective foundation for their employees to improve job productivity and safety. “The training has had a concrete impact on overall safety in our workplace; a goal established by our top management for each individual employee. The technical knowledge employees received from the program has supported greater productivity, and that has helped us grow. We have added three temporary positions, which we hope to convert into full-time positions.”

The Workforce Investment Board provides this and other training programs for businesses in San Bernardino County at no cost, to support employment opportunities for local residents.

“The Workforce Investment Board’s training programs serve County businesses and our community by upgrading the skills of our local workforce and helping local companies thrive,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “The training programs are one of the many ways we support local businesses and their employees.”

Northwest Pipe’s executive management plans to send additional employees to the training. This type of training is just one of many resources the Workforce Investment Board offers employers, all of which Northwest Pipe has successfully utilized.

“We value the Board and its support, information and services, especially its recruitment services when we have open positions to fill,” said Byrnes. “The training helped our employees feel valued and demonstrates we are investing in them, so it has also been good for morale. Improving morale, productivity and increasing safety is great for helping our company thrive and grow.”

“The training programs offered by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board demonstrate how we can partner with local businesses to help them improve productivity, enhance worker safety, and ultimately create new jobs,” Chair Janice Rutherford, County of San Bernardino Second District Supervisor said.

Services such as process improvement consulting, employee training, On-the-Job training, and recruitment are available free to businesses in San Bernardino County through the Workforce Investment Board. For information on upcoming training classes, contact the local Employment Resource Center or call (800) 451-JOBS; visit www.csb-win.org.

About Northwest Pipe Company:
Northwest Pipe Company is a leading manufacturer of welded steel pipe and tube products. The Water Transmission Group is the largest manufacturer of engineered steel pipe water systems in North America. With five Water Transmission manufacturing facilities, the Group is positioned to meet North America’s growing needs for water and wastewater infrastructure. The Water Transmission Group serves a wide-range of markets and their solution-based products are a perfect fit for applications including: water transmission, plant piping, energy, tunnels, river crossings, structural, industrial and construction. The Tubular Products Group operates three technologically-advanced ERW (Electric Resistance Weld) mill facilities. Tubular Products portfolio serves a wide-range of markets and its quality certified pipe and tube products are good for applications including: oil and gas, structural industrial, fire protection, low pressure and agricultural. The Company is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington and has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico. For more information, visit http://www.nwpipe.com/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment. Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

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Workforce Investment Board Recruits Unemployed Young Adults for @LIKE Project

San Bernardino County Workforce Investment BoardSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Feb. 11, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board is recruiting unemployed young adults, ages 18 to 24, for the launch of the Linking Innovation Knowledge and Employment project (@LIKE). @LIKE is a collaborative effort among three of the region’s Workforce Investment Boards, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial Counties. The program serves young adults who have not been in school, working or serving in the military for at least 90 days.

This initiative will address career challenges young adults currently face. Factors such as the high cost of post secondary education, competition with more experienced adults for entry level jobs, and a lack of awareness regarding career and training options. These issues have left young adults at a severe disadvantage. Funded by a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce Innovation Fund, the project will give participants the skills and credentials needed to secure and maintain employment.

Recruitment is already underway for interested young adults who meet the entry criteria, and will continue for the three-year length of the program. Young adults seeking a high school diploma or GED, college counseling, job skills training or employment are encouraged to apply. Transportation and supportive services are available on a limited basis. Applications can be submitted to Emily Petrus at epetrus@wdd.sbcounty.gov.

“The County’s Workforce Investment Board programs help young adults gain the education and technical skills they need to enter the workforce prepared to succeed,” Chair, Janice Rutherford, County of San Bernardino Second District Supervisor said.

Roger, a young adult from San Bernardino County, knows firsthand the challenges of the current economy. After facing steep competition with more experienced workers for entry-level jobs, he entered a program similar to @LIKE, funded by the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board. Although he considered college, he could not afford it and felt he had no options. Roger attended workshops and was placed with a career counselor. His career counselor introduced him to a construction training program, which gave him the skills needed for employment.

“Like Roger, many local young adults face overwhelming obstacles to employment,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “The @LIKE program will offer college and employment preparation workshops to enhance basic skills, assist with academic credit recovery and explore career options.”

A case manager will partner with each participant to develop an educational and career plan, foster career development and coordinate individualized services. In addition, each participant will have a life coach to help with personal issues and individual growth. Paid work experience, occupational skills training, internships, and entrepreneur workshops are also available as part of @LIKE.

Roger shared how the Workforce Investment Board program impacted him. “It helped me realize I have great potential. The training I received has allowed me enter a career field I’m passionate about and pursue professional opportunities I never knew were available. I am very thankful for this amazing program.”

For more information about the @LIKE program call (909)387-9859 and ask to speak with a Youth Team member or email epetrus@wdd.sbcounty.gov. To apply, visit http://www.atLIKE4U.com/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing County resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment. Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

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Workforce Investment Board Helps C-PAK Industries Hire the Right People at the Right Time

San Bernardino County Workforce Investment BoardSAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Jan. 29, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — C-PAK Industries, Inc., a leading custom rotational molding company in San Bernardino, recently expanded its team by hiring 8 employees through the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board’s On-the-Job Training program.

“This assistance from the Workforce Investment Board allowed us to anticipate needs and enhance our business growth,” said Candice Etchepare, general manager of C-PAK. “In our business, it is challenging to hire in anticipation of increased demand. The Workforce Investment Board’s support allowed us to take a risk on new employees, which paid off when our workload increased.”

On-the-Job Training reimburses employers for a portion of a new hire’s wages during an initial training period. The Workforce Board handled the recruitment and screening to identify qualified new candidates which reduced the time and expense of hiring new employees.

“The employee pre-screening and recruitment services provided by Workforce Investment Board saved us significant cost in selecting new hires,” said Etchepare. “Instead of stressing existing employees, paying a lot of overtime and playing catch up, we hired competent new employees and stayed on schedule. We will continue to work with the Workforce Investment Board for these services.”

According to Etchepare, the employees recruited by the Business Resource Team showed a stronger desire to work. “The retention rate of employees recruited through this program has been higher than those we have found through many other sources,” she said.

In addition to its recruitment and On-the-Job Training programs for local business, the Workforce Investment Board’s Business Resource Team offers layoff aversion programs and process improvement services that save and create jobs.

“Helping local companies like C-PAK grow and creating opportunities for local job seekers is how the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board continues to support the local economy and community,” said Janice Rutherford, Chair and Second District Supervisor.

Additionally the Business Resource Team offers business workshops, access to the On-the-Job Training program and assistance finding job seekers with the right skills. In 2011, the Workforce Investment Board trained more than 3,300 job seekers to enter careers in high-demand industry sectors and the Business Resource Team visited and established relationships with more than 2,800 local businesses.

“The Workforce Investment Board’s partnership with C-PAK is a great example of how we can serve businesses in this county,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “Combining On-the-Job Training funds and human resources support is an effective way to help local businesses grow, retain employees and recruit qualified job-seekers.”

For information on upcoming WIB training classes and programs, contact the local Employment Resource Center or call (800) 451-JOBS; visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

About C-PAK:
C-PAK Industries is a custom rotational molding company that opened in San Bernardino, Calif. in 1999. C-PAK came into existence because customers needed a rotational molder solely dedicated to servicing the needs of companies that outsourced their rotationally molded products. They needed a molder that focused on the quality of product, reliability of delivery, and cost competitiveness that would let them gain and keep the competitive edge in their respective industries. C-PAK Industries believes that excellence in manufacturing will assure its position as the supplier of choice for its customers. For more information, visit the C-PAK website at http://www.c-pak.net/ or call 909-880-6017.

About the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board:
The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The Workforce Investment Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCountyWIB – on Twitter @InlandEmpireJob – and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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External Application Reviewers Needed for CDFI Fund Programs

CLARKSVILLE, Md., Jan. 8, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Intelligent Fiscal Optimal Solutions (iFOS®) Managing Consultants, LLC is seeking applicants to serve as field reviewers in evaluating grant applications submitted to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) for the fiscal year (FY) 2013 funding rounds of the Community Development Financial Institutions Program (CDFI Program) and Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program).

The CDFI Fund expects to provide up to $165 million in Financial Assistance and Technical Assistance awards for FY 2013.

Applicants working in the following sectors with the minimum educational requirement are encouraged to apply: Community Development Entities, Credit Unions, Banks, Venture Capital Funds, Affordable Housing Development, Charter School Development, Community Health Facilities, Small Business Lending Programs, and Tax Credit Programs.

Reviewer Requirements:
- Ability to work remotely and on a flexible schedule to meet established deadlines.
- Excellent writing skills;
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret documents such as business plans and financial statements;
- Ability to articulate evaluation and analysis in writing;
- Integrity to report interests honestly; safeguard the confidentiality of applications and agency guidance; and conduct reviews with consistency, fairness, and objectivity;
- Must be able to dedicate at least 20 hours per week to application reviews for 3-6 weeks review period;
- High speed internet access is required.

Education and Experience Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Public or Business Administration, Economics, Urban Planning, or related field;
- 5+years expertise in community and economic development finance;
- Experience working in and/or with low income and underserved communities;
- Experience analyzing financial statements;
- Experience performing underwriting of loans and/or investments;
- Prior experience with evaluating CDFI Fund and/ or Native American CDFI Assistance (NACA) Program applications preferred;
- Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

How to Apply:
Those interested in serving as a field reviewer, should register at http://www.ifosgrps.com/ and submit their resume. The first cutoff for the initial review of applications is Friday, January 25, 2013 by 3 p.m. EST. Applications submitted after the deadline will be considered under rolling admissions for subsequent funding competitions.

Conflict of Interest: Individuals that are selected will be required to complete a Non-Disclosure Agreement and a Conflict of Interest Statement.

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County Residents Find Opportunities at 2012 Inland Empire West End Job Fair

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Sept, 27, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — At six o’clock in the morning, Sean Lunsford was the second person in line for the Inland Empire West End Job Fair hosted by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board at the L.A./Ontario International Airport. A few hours later, he walked out with an appointment for a job interview.

“With online job searching and applying, you can’t meet people face to face,” he said. “This event gave me the opportunity to ask employers about the organization and how my talents and skills could fit into their culture.”

After speaking with a recruiter for a Rancho Cucamonga company, Lunsford came away with a real lead. “It feels like this will be a good fit,” he said. “I have great people skills as well as the technical background, and not too many IT people have both.”

Executive Director Sandy Harmsen of the Workforce Investment Board thanked the 78 employers that brought over 1,400 job opportunities to this year’s event.

“Many of our county’s employers are committed to hiring locally,” said Harmsen. “The Workforce Investment Board holds several job fairs throughout the year, and at these events participating businesses successfully find and hire the qualified workforce they need to grow and serve their customers.”

This is the fourth year Eduardo Cruz, human resources manager at Horizon Hobby, Inc. has attended the Inland Empire West End Job Fair. He has hired two employees through On-the-Job Training funds and regularly utilizes the HR hotline provided to local employers at no-cost by the Workforce Investment Board.

“This is great exposure for our company as well as a great way for us to meet prospective applicants,” he said. “We’re very committed to hiring within the community and create a strong, loyal workforce.”

The jobs offered include full-time and part-time positions in professional, managerial, technical, clerical, manufacturing, medical, retail, service, sales, security and law enforcement.

“The collective efforts of the local cities, chambers of commerce, media, and faith organizations helped make the Inland Empire West End Job Fair possible,” said Josie Gonzales, Chair and County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor. “Such successful collaborations help local job seekers find employment closer to home, enabling them to support themselves and their families. These job fairs equally support businesses as they seek out a skilled workforce that will help them grow and sustain our county’s economic vitality.”

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:

The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing County resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

Also follow us on: Facebook www.facebook.com/SBCountyWIB or on Twitter @InlandEmpireJob; and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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Now’s the Time to Create ‘Highly-Human’ Jobs by the Millions, According to Special Report from EraNova Institute

MOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Today EraNova Institute announces an employment report with an upbeat message. Titled, “Highly-Human Jobs, The New Work that Technology Can’t Take Over,” it forecasts the rise of a high-touch, human-centered economy that could dwarf today’s high-tech economy based on smart technology.

Millions of people-oriented, non-programmable jobs may be created now, the report concludes, replacing jobs lost to automation and systemization. And everyone can get into the act.

Written as a practical roadmap for working people as well as entrepreneurs, business leaders, and policy makers, the report offers guidelines for –

* Finding a job that has a future because it’s highly-human and can’t be automated.
* Making any job into your dream job by adding highly-human elements through your own initiative.
* Creating a highly-human job or service from scratch, something useful and fulfilling that can’t be done by smart machines or systems.
* Hiring or developing employees with highly-human skills, to gain competitive advantage.
* Promoting legislation that supports a synergistic balance between technical and human advancement.

Methods and examples are given for honing the seven highly-human skills that set people apart from electronics and systems. The report also describes the budding “highly-human economy,” set to overtake the present service and knowledge-work economy, which earlier overtook the manufacturing economy, which in turn superseded the agricultural economy.

According to Richard W. Samson, author of the report, the coming highly-human economy will feature mental, emotional, social and other non-programmable forms of conscious aliveness that highly automated and even artificially intelligence systems can’t match.

“The great thing is that we don’t have to wait for anybody to create these jobs for us,” says Samson. “Anyone can create them right now on their own — although business leaders, the next President and Congress can help.”

Selling for $7.95, the report may be downloaded, in PDF format, from EraNova’s Highly-Human Jobs website, http://highlyhumanjobs.ning.com. Complimentary copies may be requested by journalists, bloggers, and broadcasters.

Buyers may also join online discussions about finding highly-human work, creating it, humanizing a business, and gaining governmental support.

The Highly-Human Jobs site is a meeting place for pioneers of the highly-human economy, that could dwarf today’s high-tech economy. Launched today, the site is a service of EraNova Institute — http://www.eranova.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Dick Samson
of EraNova Institute
dicksamson@eranova.com
+1-973-335-3699

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Employers Save and Create Jobs through Process Improvement Program

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Sept. 17, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Process Improvement Program, with Deisell Consultants, LLC, has saved 1,709 jobs and allowed local employers to potentially create 215 new jobs.

Jeff Rogina, warehouse manager of VIP Solutions, a subsidiary of Vocational Improvement Program, Inc., lead the process of updating the company’s software and inventory systems. It was an important component of their growth and ability to serve and provide jobs.

“I was in the process right when I received the notice from the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board of its process improvement program through Deisell Consultants, LLC,” Jeff said. “It was the perfect solution at the perfect time.”

Vocational Improvement Program, Inc. is a private non-profit organization dedicated to serving people with disabilities by providing them with meaningful work opportunities to achieve personal growth and independence. VIP Solutions is a fulfillment, transportation and logistics and storage company.

Jeff worked with Deisell Martinez, a certified lean Six Sigma black belt, to review the company’s existing spreadsheets and inventory systems to create a streamlined and efficient process.

“Our clients include Kmart, Sears and Ace Hardware,” Rogina said. “When we can improve all facets of our services, we increase our customer retention and become an attractive solution to new clients.”

After the six-month project, VIP Solutions landed a project with Kmart and are looking forward to expanding into a new facility.

“When we grow, we can create new jobs for disabled adults,” Rogina said. “The results from the process improvement program through the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will benefit us for years to come.”

For the past two years, Martinez worked successfully with 50 employers located throughout San Bernardino County. She has seen a marked shift in optimism among businesses.”Businesses are productive and positive about their long-term prospects,” she said. “Instead of worrying about survival, they’re now looking at ways to stabilize their growth and remain lean and efficient.”

Earlier this year, Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board testified before Congress about the effectiveness of the Process Improvement Program.

“Our County Workforce Investment Board is a national model recognized for supporting employers while simultaneously helping workers keep their jobs and giving new opportunities to job seekers,” said Chair Josie Gonzales, County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor. “These programs are vital to our region’s economic recovery.”

“We are very excited about the results from Deisell Consultants, LLC,” said Harmsen. “These numbers represent employees who were not only to keep their jobs, but also take a stronger role in their company’s future. Also, when employers can offer positions to people who have been out of work, it gives hope and opportunity to everyone.”

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

Employers and job seekers who are interested in the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org. Also follow us on: Facebook http://www.facebook.com/SBCountyWIB or Twitter @InlandEmpireJob and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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California Governor Appoints San Bernardino Residents to California Workforce Investment Board

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Sept. 5, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced that Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. appointed two of its members to the California Workforce Investment Board. They are Michael Gallo, 54 of San Bernardino and Joseph Williams, 36, of Redlands.

“Mike Gallo and Joseph Williams have been instrumental in our county Workforce Investment Board’s success,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “They both bring creativity and business acumen to the board, which is most effective in helping employers as well as job seekers through the economic recovery. I am very excited to see that their talents and wisdom will also move California’s economy in the right direction.”

Gallo is Vice President of the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board of Education and serves as Chairman of the Economic Development Committee on the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. He was also the founding Chief Executive Officer of Technical Employment Training, Inc. as well as the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of Kelly Space and Technology.

Williams has been Chief Executive Officer at Youth Action Project since 2007. He was a Re-Entry Coordinator and Employment Service Specialist at the County of San Bernardino Sheriff’s Office from 2004 to 2007 and was an Employment Service Specialist at the County of San Bernardino Workforce Development Department from 2003 to 2004. Williams was an Employment Service Analyst at the County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Business Resource Office from 2002 to 2003.

“The California Workforce Investment Board will advise the Governor on jobs and workforce development,” said Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. “Mike and Joseph have the practical experience and the insight to make California a vital place for businesses as well as the workforce.”

Job seekers, youth, veterans and employers who are interested in the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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2012 MADE Entrepreneurship Competition Winners Announced

MARSHALL, Mo., Sept. 4, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The final round of the 2012 MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition was held on August 16th at the Missouri State Fair. The annual event is sponsored by the Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship to recognize the importance of locally owned businesses and provide a venue to assist them toward becoming successful.

The competition assists new and aspiring businesses through a competitive and educational business development process that awards business investment funds to the winners.

Competitors start by answering a questionnaire about their business ideas including the impact their business would have on their community and are provided with tips and suggestions on how to make their businesses better in the first round. The finalists had turned in their finished business plans and financial projections prior to the event. During the final round of the competition they presented their products, and services in a trade show and presentation format for judges at the Missouri State Fair on August 16, 2012 in Sedalia, Missouri.

Certificates and business investment awards were given out to the winners in each of the two classes, Open and Youth. In the Open class the first place winner is Thomas Duggan from Glendale with Makin’ Good Energy: Gardens. The second place winner is Kevin Broyles from St. Louis with S.N.E.W. Inc. In the Youth class Brandon Banks from Troy with Spot Light Stars took first place. The student managers of Bulldog Express Deli, a project of the Leeton Public School of Leeton took second place. Third place went to Hannah Carlton of Plattsburg with Jewelry by Design.

This project and event is a step toward economic stability in Missouri by helping locally owned businesses reach toward success. These new business owners become leaders and reinvest in the communities that support them. They create an economic footprint, hire local people and make a difference in the communities.

The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) is comprised of members from several state agencies, USDA Rural Development and others and is facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri, a not-for-profit organization located in Marshall, Mo..

This project/program is funded at 75 percent at $15,000 by federal funds and 24 percent at $5,000 by nongovernmental sources for a total amount of $20,000. The federal funds are received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division.

More information on the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency: http://mvcaa.net/ .

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San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Assists Residents and Businesses through Economic Recovery

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Aug. 29, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors declared September 2012 to be Workforce Development Month. The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will be recognized for its programs that assist job seekers and businesses when they have nowhere else to turn.

When Tyresha White’s father passed away, she and her family were stunned. As one of seven children, White needed to help her mom with her younger siblings. But she didn’t have a job and was turned down by potential employers due to her lack of work experience. Hope came from the Workforce Investment Act youth program funded by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board.

“Our County’s Workforce Investment Board has been a lifeline to thousands of residents whose lives were impacted by the economic downturn,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “The Board makes resources and services available to our local businesses in need, and to young people like Tyresha who are seeking help to overcome their own personal hardships.”

White enrolled in the PAL Center in 2011, where she not only received work and life skills training, but she also found her life goal to become a Physician’s Assistant. She also received assistance with bus passes and gas money as well as food vouchers for her and her family.

“I completed the certified nursing assistant course and I’m now working at Country Villa Hacienda and I will begin my general education courses at San Bernardino Valley College,” White said. “I no longer depend on anyone else and I hope that I’m making my Dad proud.”

In the 2011 program year, the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board trained 3,370 customers using federal funds to enter careers in high-demand industry sectors. The board’s Business Resource Team visited and established relationships with more than 2,800 local employers. They provided valuable services such as employee recruitment assistance, lay-off aversion programs, process improvement services that saved and created jobs, business workshops and On-the-Job Training funds that reimbursed wages to employers during a specified training period.

“We are still in a vulnerable period of economic recovery,” said Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the board. “Unemployment crept up in July 2012 and there is still some hesitation to hire. We are mitigating that gap with our business-friendly programs and resources, while partnering with educational and community organizations to assist job seekers, youth and veterans to receive training and work experience.”

Job seekers, youth, veterans and employers who are interested the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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San Bernardino County Businesses Surveyed Indicate Growth and Hiring

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Aug. 15, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) surveyed 2,220 local businesses regarding growth, employment trends and quality of workforce for the region and industry sector. The top three industries in the County – healthcare, transportation and logistics and manufacturing – indicate hiring and business growth is expected.

The WIB continues to support and assist businesses during the upward trend through its Business Resource Team and Employment Resource Centers. Many of the employers surveyed, participated in programs implemented by the WIB including job fairs, On-the-Job Training grants, process improvement and no-cost workshops.

“The businesses surveyed are reporting an increasing need to hire, plans to expand services, products or physical space and improvements in the quality of the local workforce,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. “This is valuable data that will steer our Business Resource Team to continue working with these employers, as well as reach out to additional business to help them hire, train and employ our county’s residents.”

The WIB and its Employment Resource Center teams use this report to determine which employment sectors are growing and where to focus training funds to assist job seekers who want to enter long-term careers.

The findings included:
* In the West Valley region, 21 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 24 percent indicated they were planning expansion.

* In the Deserts, 21 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 16 percent indicated they were planning expansion.

* In the East Valley, 26 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 23 percent indicated they were planning expansion.

* In Healthcare, 26 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 26 percent reported they were planning expansion.

* In Transportation & Logistics, 19 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 19 percent reported they were planning expansion.

* In Manufacturing, 22 percent of employers surveyed reported an increasing need to hire and 25 percent reported they were planning expansion.

“The vital support the Workforce Investment Board provides the local business community definitely addresses our current unemployment rate of 11.9 percent,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “As the WIB continues to help our employers grow their businesses and create more jobs, we offer greater opportunities for our residents to find well-paying careers closer to home.”

Employers who are interested the Workforce Investment Board programs may call: (800) 451-JOBS or visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County Appoints Four New Members

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., June 19, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County, a public-private volunteer board that oversees the use of federal dollars to train the local workforce to support local employers, announced five At-Large members appointed by Chair Josie Gonzales, County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor.

Lowell King has worked with Goodwill Southern California for more than 17 years. Including Los Angeles County (North of Rosecrans), Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, Goodwill Southern California serves the largest region in the United States. King has served as the Regional Operations Officer for Goodwill Southern California in the Inland Empire since 2001 and was instrumental in merging Goodwill Industries of the Inland Counties and Goodwill Southern California. He also serves on the board for the San Bernardino County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), St. Bernadine’s Hospital, Community Benefits Initiative Committee, Inland Empire United Way, Hands On Inland Empire and Non-Profit Executive Network (NEN).

Steven J. Lantsberger has served as the City of Hesperia’s Economic Development Director since 1998. He also acts as the City’s Director of Real Estate, Deputy Executive Director of the Hesperia Housing Authority, and Manager of the Hesperia Enterprise Zone. In 2009, he led Hesperia’s successful efforts in securing California Enterprise Zone (EZ) & Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) designations. Lantsberger is a Certified Economic Developer, Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) and Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP). He is a member of numerous state and federal economic development and real estate associations including the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Richard Sierra was born and raised in Fontana, CA. He joined Laborer’s International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 783 in 1976. From 1976 to 1996, he was employed as a construction craft laborer working on various projects located throughout Southern California. In June 1996, he was first elected to office at LIUNA Local 783 as Secretary/Treasurer and in July 2003, he was appointed to serve as Business Manager.

Richard Edwards was born in San Bernardino and is a 35-year resident of Redlands, CA. He is a graduate of San Bernardino Valley College, Sonoma State University, University of Redlands, and University of California at Los Angeles. Edwards was an adult education instructor for San Bernardino Unified School District and Los Angeles Unified School District for 20 years. Edwards is also the President of the California State Pipe Trades representing over 40,000 pipe trades workers. He is the former Chair of City of Redlands Housing Commission. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Southern California Pipe Trades Trust Fund, Inland Refrigeration Trust Fund, The Chairman of Inland Refrigeration Journeyman and Apprenticeship Training Trust and the Plumbing Industry Progress and Education Trust. He currently is Business Manager, Financial Secretary/ Treasurer of United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 364, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

“Our San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board has a national reputation for excellence due to the active leadership and team work of its members,” said Chair Gonzales. “These dedicated men and women, collectively representing business, government, and community organizations, bring their best to the table.”

The Workforce Investment Board partners with the County’s largest industry sectors to identify the needs of workforce and employers and support training programs that prepare residents to enter careers in growing industries. Through the County’s three Employment Resource Centers, the Workforce Investment Board also provides job search and placement services and workshops as well as career counseling services.

“Our Workforce Investment Board has become a national model due to the efforts and creativity of our members,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the board. “Their decisions impact the lives of thousands of at-risk youth through our Workforce Investment Act Youth program as well as adults and veterans who find career and training opportunities through our three One-Stop Employment Resource Centers.”

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County (WIB) is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors. The WIB strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations. The County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors is committed to providing county resources, which generate jobs and investment.

The WIB, through the County of San Bernardino’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County of San Bernardino’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

More information online: https://www.csb-win.org/ .

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San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Seeks 60 Entrepreneurs

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., May 10, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board invites dislocated workers, veterans and county residents 18 years and older who want to launch their own Internet or service-based business to enroll in an entrepreneur training program. The board will fund training for 60 participants and the deadline to enroll is May 18, 2012.

“Entrepreneurship is a viable career alternative for dislocated workers,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, small businesses produced the largest amount of employment in 2010, generating 72.1 percent of net new positions.”

The Workforce Investment Board is partnering with Empact (www.iempact.com) to provide the training necessary to start a business with little start-up capital. Attendees will learn how to develop their business inexpensively while creating enough profit to earn a living wage.

The training requires a one-year commitment. Each participant will receive a full-day of training followed by weekly trainings for the first month, and monthly virtual trainings for the remainder of the year. Each participant will be assigned a mentor to support them throughout the program.

“Entrepreneurship is vital to San Bernardino County’s economic growth and prosperity,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “I encourage residents who are thinking of starting their own businesses to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn proven, real life tools shared by successful entrepreneurs.”

To apply, San Bernardino County residents may visit one of the three Employment Resource Centers to take the assessment. To find the nearest location, please visit www.sbcstartup.com or call (800) 451-JOBS.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. The Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County’s Economic Development Agency and Department of Workforce Development, operates the County’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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MADE Entrepreneurship Competition Deadline May 31

ST. LOUIS, Mo., May 8, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition applications are due May 31. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enter your business or business idea for the chance to gain technical assistance and cash grants to invest in your business.

The competition will accept preliminary submissions until May 31, 2012. Preliminary submissions can be made online at http://made2012.istart.org or by going to the http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE.

Participants start by answering a questionnaire about their business ideas, and are provided with tips and suggestions on how to make their businesses better in the first round. Those who advance to final round will present their finished business plans, products, and services in one last round at the Missouri State Fair on August 16, 2012 in Sedalia, Missouri.

Cash grants will be awarded as startup/operating capital to winners of the final round which is held during the State Fair. Judging at all levels will take place behind closed doors, and all information is regarded as confidential and proprietary and will not be shared with outside parties.

Registration is open to any potential business owner or current business owner in operation three years or less. There are Youth and Open categories for participation, and people considering going into business for the first time are welcomed. Participants do not have to be in business yet to compete.

Electronic submissions for the preliminary level are due by 5 p.m. May 31, 2012. Mailed submissions must be postmarked by that date. Judging of the first round will occur the second week of June and participants will be notified of the results by June 22.

The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) is a project facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri, a not-for-profit organization.

Missouri Valley Community Action Agency, 1415 S. Odell, Marshall, MO 65340. Online: http://www.mvcaa.net .

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L.A. County Workforce Investment Board Receives Grant to Fund No-Cost Re-Employment and Training for Nearly 1,000 Laid-Off Workers

LOS ANGELES, Calif., April 20, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Thanks to a multi-million dollar National Emergency Grant (NEG) from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board was awarded funds as part of the California Multi-Sector Workforce Partnership. The aim of this program is to provide retraining and career transition needs to individuals who experienced layoffs and also to help employers with job openings to locate well-qualified and trained employees.

We are recruiting laid-off workers for this special program that provides no-fee job training and placement assistance in high demand industries in the county that have current job openings. This program is designed to benefit employers in many ways, including reimbursement of a substantial portion of wages paid to new hires from this program.

To date, over 700 individuals have signed up to take advantage of this opportunity. Space is still available now that the deadline to enroll has been extended to June 30, 2012. Interested employers and job seekers should contact us immediately by email at neg@css.lacounty.gov or visit our website at http://www.worksourcecalifornia.com .

“The California Multi-Sector Workforce Partnership addresses 123 mass layoffs in California that have affected over 32,000 workers in 19 industries statewide,” said Richard Verches, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board. “In Los Angeles County, we expect nearly 1,000 individuals to take advantage of job services paid for by this grant.”

This program will pay for laid-off workers to participate in On-the-Job Training, paid work experience, internships and customized training programs in order to increase their opportunities for employment, and the costs of equipment or transportation, depending upon one’s situation.

“The support of government is critical to meet the needs of and support local businesses that employ local residents,” said Mr. Verches. “Employers who participate in On-the-Job Training programs can receive recruiting support to locate well-qualified candidates and possible reimbursement for the wages of new employees.”

About the Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board:
The Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is established by federal law as the oversight and policy body comprised of private business representatives, labor, higher education, government and non-profit partners who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. The WIB funds 17 one-stop WorkSource Centers to provide employment and training services to residents and businesses in 58 of the County’s 88 cities and all 151 unincorporated areas throughout the County.

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Bishamon Industries Corporation Retains Ten Jobs and Is Ready to Take On Competition

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., April 17, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — When Robert Stone, vice president of Engineering and Manufacturing at Bishamon Industries Corporation, received a letter from the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board about the LEAN Manufacturing Program with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), it couldn’t have come at a better time.

Bishamon Industries Corporation faced increased competition with their EZ Loader product, which could have translated to lost sales and lost jobs. With the introduction of the new model, they needed to make sure they could efficiently produce and deliver this product before the competition stepped in.

“The EZ Loader is our premier product and if we lost market share, it would cost us valuable employees,” Stone said.

CMTC came in and showed the company areas of improvement in assembly and welding. Employees were excited to share their ideas and work as a team with the consultant and executives for the good of the entire company.

“We’ve already seen growing sales for our new EZ Loader and the hard work has paid off,” Stone said. “By shipping our product in two days, we will maintain our competitive edge.”

Through the LEAN Manufacturing Program, Bishamon retained 10 jobs. Additionally, Stone also utilized the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Business Resource Team to recruit and hire a shipping supervisor. “They found a great person for us who plays a very important role in satisfying our customers,” Stone said.

“The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s LEAN Manufacturing program effectively helps local businesses retain employees and hire additional personnel,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. The Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

More information: https://www.csb-win.org/ .

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Helping Employers With Federal Funds Makes Good Business Sense

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., March 21, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Workforce Investment Board (WIB) of San Bernardino County was recognized by the nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) for innovative business-friendly programs. The WIB was asked to present to congress how it used Workforce Investment Act funds to encourage job retention and hiring.

In a report titled “Innovative Collaborations between Workforce Boards and Employers Helped Meet Local Needs,” the U.S. GAO referenced 14 local initiatives. Two of the initiatives included San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s successful collaboration with Technical Employment Training, Inc. and its Rapid Response Layoff Aversion program.

Executive Director Sandy Harmsen testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workforce Safety in addressing workforce needs at the regional level.

“Our Workforce Investment Board was able to quickly and effectively take action when our region was hit with business closures and lay-offs that affected thousands of residents in San Bernardino County,” Harmsen said. “We knew which industries would need workers in the long-term. Through the relationships we established with industry councils, businesses and educational providers we have deployed federal funds to save jobs, train workers with skills needed by employers and encourage hiring.”

In 2011, the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s Business Resource Team performed 27 Rapid Response visits to companies that were laying off employees. More than 1,900 dislocated workers were assisted through Rapid Response which included workshops on understanding unemployment plans, rolling over 401K plans and Cobra benefits. These residents were also introduced to the local Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) for free workshops on job searching, resume writing and interview skills, as well as how they could qualify for no-cost job training programs and job placement support.

“The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board can contribute much to the national conversation on how to put America back to work,” said Supervisor Josie Gonzales, Chair and Fifth District Supervisor.

“For instance, the WIB’s collaboration with Technical Employment Training, Inc., is a great example of how we are working together to prepare a skilled workforce and provide businesses with the manpower needed to grow and diversify. The Technical Employment Training program trains dislocated and disabled workers to attain two National Institute for Metalworking Skills Machining Level 1 certifications. The fact that 90 percent of its first class was placed in jobs with local manufacturers is an awesome success story worth sharing,” added Gonzales.

Last year, 3,370 County residents were trained last year using Workforce Investment Act funds to enter long-term careers in growth industries such as Health Care, Aviation, Transportation and Logistics, Advanced Manufacturing and Environmental Technology.

The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 created a comprehensive workforce investment system that brought together multiple federally funded employment and training programs into a single system, called the one-stop system.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:
The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. The Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

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San Bernardino County Youth Take a Roadtrip to Discover Their Career Interests

Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino CountySAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Feb. 24, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Continuing its support of young people facing obstacles to employment, the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County partnered with the Roadtrip Nation Experience to provide an intensive curriculum to the Year-round Workforce Investment Act youth program.

By giving students the tools to interview and film someone in their career of interest, the Roadtrip Nation Experience empowers students to define their own roads in life; to make school actually matter by relating what they study to their real-world experiences; and open doors to different pathways and possibilities.

“This is an opportunity for our youth to interview specialists in careers they are interested in and find inspiration, as well as practical advice to achieve their dreams,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board and Director of the Workforce Development Department for San Bernardino County. “In 2011, 13 youth service providers helped more than 1,320 youth through the Year-Round WIA Youth Program and many of those young people go on to find jobs or higher education that lead to long-term careers.”

“It has been a pleasure working with San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board,” Molly Gazin, Educator Network Coordinator of Roadtrip Nation. “The facilitators are enthusiastic and dedicated to the futures of the youth involved and that is evident in their experience with the program. We’re excited to see the results of the final Roadtrip Projects that they’re hard at work on right now.”

The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Act Youth Program gives eligible youth access to services designed to increase educational opportunities, develop better job skills, explore career options, develop leadership qualities, participate in adult and peer mentoring and counseling and obtain valuable work experience.

Students in the program receive career counseling, reading and math remediation, tutoring, alternative secondary schooling, vocational training, leadership development and job placement. They also complete workshops that taught work readiness, problem solving, life skills and computer literacy.

“These youth services prepare students for the future by helping them to earn a degree, certificate or a paid internship, and obtain much needed career skills,” said Supervisor Josie Gonzales, Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “The Roadtrip Nation Experience provides each student with an opportunity to develop leadership skills, confidence and an awareness of professional occupations available to them.”

To learn more about the San Bernardino County WIA Youth Program, call or visit one of the youth providers listed at http://www.sbcountyjobops.com/youthservices.html .

Roadtrip Nation, a half-hour documentary television series distributed nationally by American Public Television, airs in southern California on both KOCE and KLCS. Check local listings or visit www.roadtripnation.com/watch for specific airtimes.

About the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County:

The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County is comprised of private business representatives and public partners appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. The Board strives to strengthen the skills of the County’s workforce through partnerships with business, education and community-based organizations.

The Workforce Investment Board, through the County’s Economic Development Agency and Workforce Development Department, operates the County’s Employment Resource Centers (ERCs) and Business Resource Centers (BRCs). The ERCs provide individuals with job training, placement and the tools to strengthen their skills to achieve a higher quality of life. The BRCs support and provide services to the County’s businesses including employee recruitment.

About Roadtrip Nation:

In the summer of 2001, three friends decided to take a Roadtrip to seek their place in the world. The idea behind the Roadtrip was simple: If you don’t know what to do with your life, talk to people who are doing what they love, then ask them how they got there. The trio hit the road in a mechanically unsound Green RV, and three months and 17,000 miles later, had interviewed 85 eclectic individuals.

Since then, Roadtrip Nation has evolved into a Movement to help individuals define their own roads in life: Including seven seasons on public television, three books, an online community, and a student network on more than 350 campuses.

In 2009, the Movement expanded into education with the creation of RoadtripNation.org and the development of The Roadtrip Nation Experience, a hands-on, engaging curriculum that guides students through an explorative process to learn about pathways relevant to their own individuality.

Roadtrip Nation is dedicated to inspiring people everywhere to create lives based on doing what they love. For more information, visit roadtripnation.com and roadtripnation.org.

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