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Civic Resource Group Founder and CEO, Gregory G. Curtin, Ph.D. among the winners of the ‘Vision Award’ at the World Economic Summit

Gregory G. Curtin

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Nov. 19, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Civic Resource Group (CRG) Founder & CEO, Gregory G. Curtin, Ph.D. attended the World Economic Forum Summit on the Global Agenda held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on November 9 – 12 and as a member of The Future of Government Council was among the winners of the “Vision Award” for the Future of Government Smart Toolbox, a report published in June 2014 that addresses the ways technology can help governments improve services, security, transparency and innovation.

The Vision Award is an inaugural award introduced by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to mark and recognize excellence in two distinctive areas. One is developing breakthrough ideas and the other for examples of high impact collaborative action. According to the Forum, “The Future of Government Smart Toolbox demonstrates how technology can enhance government performance by strengthening efforts to reduce corruption and bureaucracy and enhance political representation, service delivery, trust, leadership, security and innovation. The report highlights successful practices from around the globe in the digital era.”

The Future of Government Council developed the idea of the “Future of Government Smart Toolbox” to “offer governments and other interested sector leaders a guide for restoring trust in government for delivering better services through smart cities, through smart national governments at all levels of government for information societies and economies” said Jane E. Fountain, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and adjunct professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a fellow Vision Award winner and colleague of Dr. Curtin’s on the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government.

In addition to founding and directing Civic Resource Group, a leading global provider of digital government solutions, Dr. Curtin has been a member of the Future of Government Council since its inception in 2006 and was a major contributor to the Smart Toolbox. Dr. Curtin founded Civic Resource Group to address the real business needs of Public/Civic sector entities in the Digital Age, and with the recent acquisition of Dublin, Ireland, based i3t Mobile, Civic Resource Group is expanding globally with its innovative CivicConnect(TM) SmartGov Platform — a first-of-kind fully integrated Mobile/Cloud/Data First Platform. Dr. Curtin has brought this visionary perspective along with deep digital expertise to the Future of Government Council, one of more than 80 Global Agenda Councils that form the World Economic Forum Global Network.

“The genius of the World Economic Forum is that it brings together a wide variety of experts and practitioners from the private sector, academia, government and civil society to work together collaboratively to address key issues, problems and challenges facing global society today,” said Curtin who has also previously worked in government and academia.

Over its next two year term the Future of Government Council plans to leverage the Smart Toolbox to convene governments from across the globe to learn and share innovative digital strategies and solutions, and to gradually build a Future of Government community. This will be done in concert with World Economic Forum regional meetings in order to extend some of the Future of Government practices and ideas deeper in each region of the globe. There are also tentative discussions around developing a competition or a prize for government innovation.

About Civic Resource Group (CRG):

CRG is one of the world’s leading providers of digital government solutions. CRG provides highly secure mobile Cloud based solutions that touch every facet of citizen’s lives. Since 2000, CRG has been “Fulfilling the promise of technology” for clients in the broad public sector, helping them to harness digital advances to effectively connect with their target audiences. By leveraging the award-winning CivicConnect(TM) platform and deep domain expertise, CRG has delivered impactful, engaging and cutting-edge solutions that facilitate openness, transparency, safety and efficient service delivery for external and internal users alike. CRG is a new breed of Company with a new approach, blending the best of technology, design and communications in the digital age.

Visit the company’s website at http://www.civicresource.com/, contact CRG at info@civicresource.com.

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Entrepreneurship in Missouri ignites: Youth prepare for Missouri State Fair Entrepreneurship Competition

MADE in Missouri

MARSHALL, Mo., July 24, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — We all can say that youth entrepreneurship is an amazing topic of conversation. However, sometimes that conversation isn’t loud enough to be heard. In the state of Missouri, every August, there is a state-wide business competition where youth and adults compete in categories of their own for seed money to launch, expand or maintain their business ideas. Over a dozen youth ages 12 – 18 have been accepted into the MADE in Missouri Business Competition, hosted by the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency (MVCAA).

The current number of entrants into the competition stands at 20 in the youth category. By August 1st, these 20 must have a business plan and financial projections completed, some of which have used the business development software, Monocle, to complete and proceed on.

Ideas submitted to the competition range from custom designed skateboards to sports-themed cupcakes, a new and revolutionary locking mechanism to a job search website specialized for Hispanic communities, and even a personalized laundry service coupled with sandwich delivery. The ideas of these students spans far and wide. Each student has had to complete a 25 question submission form, must submit a business plan and financial projections and must design an exhibit booth displaying their idea at the competition. Each student will also deliver a 10 – 12 minute pitch presentation to a panel of judges in a private room covering their idea in full.

Winners of the competition will be announced at the MADE Competition, August 12, 2014 at the conclusion of the event. Winners of past events have been awarded Seed Funding for their businesses and can expect the same this year.

The MVCAA website speaks on the competition saying, “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.”

When it comes to why the Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) think this program is important, the site goes on to state “The purpose of this competition is twofold: to build character and the entrepreneurial spirit for youth, and to develop and launch new businesses in the state of Missouri. Creativity, critical thinking, understanding the role of entrepreneurship in one’s community, starting a new business, and ultimately new jobs will build out of this competition. Participants will find the experience educational and rewarding, and some will develop and operate their own new businesses!”

Take a look to the MADE Competition this year, the amount of students pursuing entrepreneurship at such young ages is catching fire. It is our duty as supportive communities to cultivate, nurture, mentor, and spread these dreams of youth entrepreneurship. If you make it to the State Fair in Missouri this year and are available, seek out the competition in Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Missouri on August 12, 2014.

For more information, visit: http://mvcaa.net/ .

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Cooperative purchasing speeds up public sector projects, North American Roofing Expands National Presence

ezIQCASHEVILLE, N.C., April 11, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Meeting strict compliance standards and competitive bidding requirements, North American Roofing strengthens its national position as one of the largest commercial roofing companies in the U.S. with the award to participate in the National Joint Powers Alliance® (NJPA), through their premier construction program with ezIQC®, which helps municipalities find sources for construction and repair facilitating the competitive bid process on behalf of their members.

North American Roofing can now offer its services to the public sector with what are known as “job order contracts” or indefinite quantity construction contracts in which contractors bid based on a catalog of pre-priced tasks. The first phase of the rollout is for 14 states, with all 50 states included by the end of the year.

For many municipalities, cooperative purchasing has long been used to lower costs for office supplies such as paper, staples and paper clips. The ezIQC construction procurement system has been in place for state governments, school systems and other public sector entities for over twenty years, according to the company’s website and the Gordian Group who administers the system, and brings that same power of group buying and helps shed the red tape of traditional procurement for often high priced on-call facility repair and construction.

National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) is a public agency and member-driven service cooperative that serves over 50,000 members, according to their company information. NJPA offers a multitude of contracted products, equipment and service opportunities to education, government and non-profit entities.

“North American Roofing is a great addition to NJPA/ezIQC: Their experience and longevity in the marketplace, awards for quality and workmanship and their prominence in the industry – coupled with the full range of vendors they bring with them – can go a long way toward streamlining the procurement process for municipalities on tight budgets and timelines,” according to Clint Owings, National Program Manager, The Gordian Group.

“Much like food cooperatives that most people know of, NJPA works in the same way, establishing business and service alliances between member ‘buyers’ and contracted ‘suppliers’ through competitively bid contracts,” Brian Verble, President and CEO of North American Roofing said.

Communities benefit in many ways. The projects are started and completed faster, and the cost of the projects is already within the scope of the budget, since NJPA and ezIQC have already vetted the competitive bid process.

North American Roofing has been involved with public sector projects for schools and county projects in the past, but nothing on this scale. Verble added, “Though we’ve been nationally known for our quality and workmanship, which is how we’ve become the third largest and respected commercial roofing company in the U.S., we’re excited to be adding the public sector to our portfolio through this new NJPA/ezIQC relationship.”

About North American Roofing:
A pioneer in the commercial single-ply roofing industry since 1979, North American Roofing specializes in commercial and industrial low-slope roof systems and is the 3rd largest commercial and industrial roofing company in the U.S. In addition to installation, repair and preventative maintenance, the company continues to expand its operation, which now includes the North American Roofing’s Energy Services Group specializing in integrated solar roofing and energy systems by designing and installing high caliber solar arrays.

Employee-owned and in continuous operation for three generations, North American Roofing has installed and serviced more than 900 million square feet of roofing on more than 19,500 facilities across the United States.

More information: http://www.naroofing.com/ .

North American Roofing, 41 Dogwood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806; (800) 551-5602.

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Solar Developers Join Ranks to Form Grid Supply Solar Trade Association

grid supply solarMILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, N.J., March 29, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Following an organizational meeting on March 26, 2013, the leading grid supply solar developers in New Jersey announced the formation of the New Jersey Solar Grid Supply Association (NJSGSA) at the Millstone Twp offices of James Spano, a veteran solar developer at Spano Partners.

“The formation of this Association is long overdue,” said Spano. “Grid supply solar is an important part of the solar industry whose value has been largely disregarded over the last two years.”

The Association’s goal is to demonstrate by providing factual data regarding the exceptional advantages of grid supply solar to the public at large, to the towns in which they are built, as well as to the policy makers responsible for meeting the Renewable Energy Standards established by the State. These projects provide large numbers of good jobs as well as clean reliable power at peak periods that benefits all New Jersey’s ratepayers, not just those with solar on their roofs.

From their common experience, the group confirmed that key decisions are currently being considered that threaten the destruction of this industry sector, resulting in the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars of investment and the NJ jobs that come with that significant investment at a time when unemployment has affected so many NJ residents.

Renewable energy attorney, Mark Bellin noted that “It is critical that key policy makers understand the facts and the consequences of the decisions they are about to make.”

The Association has been formed to unite the solar grid supply industry and better educate the public and the regulatory agencies in order to encourage participation of all sectors of the solar industry in New Jersey. The Association stated in no uncertain terms that policies implemented by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities have effectively halted the construction of grid supply solar generation and blocked significant and needed investment in the state, notwithstanding the benefits that are demonstrated in virtually every other state with significant solar investment where Grid Supply projects have been the leading contributor to jobs growth.

* Grid supply projects produce solar electricity at the lowest cost, which reduces the impact on ratepayer compared to all other solar projects, requiring less incentive than their more costly counterpart, multiple smaller diverse “net-metered” industry sector.

* As opposed to the “net-metered” alternative, in which all of the solar power is used exclusively by the owner of the solar facility, grid supply solar electricity is distributed into the grid benefitting all of New Jersey’s ratepayers.

* Grid supply solar delivers its biggest output at peak demand periods, on hot summer days, thus providing lower cost power and support to the power grid when it is needed the most in the most efficiently designed systems.

* Grid supply solar also is ecologically beneficial in that it retains the underlying characteristics of the ground as opposed to alternative developments that were typically approved for sites that grid solar projects are built on where buildings and parking lots would be developed in that solar projects are above ground on posts.

* Finally, grid supply projects are typically developed on underutilized property resulting in increased property tax ratables and much needed additional revenues for municipalities.

The meeting was attended [in person and by conference call] by most of the surviving solar grid supply developers, all of whom remain committed to the long-term health of the solar industry in New Jersey including Spano Partners, EffiSolar Development, GD Development, Renewtricity, Community Green Energy, Alethea Clean Tech, Garden Solar, ZySolar, PV One, Unity International, Community Energy Holdings, ITA Solar, Pittsgrove Solar and Renewable Energy Associates.

The group is currently preparing reports and a public education program supporting their case that will be rolled out beginning next week.

For more information, contact Jim Spano, jimspano[at]spanopartners.com.

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CPA Legislator Cuts Red Tape on Small Business in Texas

PLANO, Texas, March 14, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE — The Texas Association of CPAs (TACPA), supports effort to reduce burdensome regulations in Texas.

Texas Representative Phil Stephenson, CPA, recently filed two bills affecting CPAs and small businesses in Texas. The first bill, H.B. 1756, exempts from the state’s mandatory peer review program, CPAs who only prepare financial statements for small businesses. The second bill, H.B. 1757, ensures sole practitioners are represented on the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

Stephenson’s H.B. 1756 lessens the burden of participating in the State’s inspection program by removing compilation reports prepared for micro- or small-businesses from the state’s mandatory peer review program. “CPAs who prepare reports for small businesses with fewer than 100 employees and under six-million dollars in revenue do not present as great a risk for the public as those who prepare reports for large national businesses. Loosening this requirement will not harm the public’s interest,” said Stephenson.

John Furge, President of the TACPA, agrees. “The typical small business has stakeholders who are intimately involved with the business. They are on-site every day. There are no remote investors or pensions to protect. Even if there were to be an accounting failure, the consequences would affect very few people. The burden of inspection is simply not justified.”

The AICPA, (American Institute of CPAs), peer review program inspects financial reports issued by CPA firms ONLY for the purpose of insuring compliance with AICPA standards. It does NOT look for fraud. The Arthur Andersen CPA firm, for example, was peer-reviewed “without qualification” during the same period in which it reported on Enron. In the case of Enron, the reports were in compliance with AICPA standards, but the underlying accounting was rotten.

In 1999 The Texas legislature passed a law that provides for the AICPA peer review program to inspect the work product of Texas CPAs. Again, this was for the purpose of insuring compliance with AICPA professional standards.

To put the H.B.1756 in perspective, it does not affect audit reports, or review reports, only compilation reports.

The Texas State Board of Accountancy, however, interprets the AICPA program as being mandatory for any Texas CPA who performs any attest work, regardless of the size of the entity about which a financial report is prepared. The state of New York, in contrast, exempts unincorporated sole-practitioner firms and firms with two or fewer CPAs from its mandatory inspection program.

The Board’s insistence that these small reports be peer-reviewed has harmed the accountancy industry in Texas according to Furge. He points out that the Board of Accountancy’s own statistics indicate that “fifty-five percent of Texas CPA practice units have signed an affidavit stating they will no longer issue compilation reports. This is not good for the public.”

Not only that, said Furge, “If you have fewer CPAs performing these services, inevitably, the cost of obtaining these services must rise. This hurts small business!”

Stephenson’s introduction of H.B. 1757 is also directed at the local practitioner. This bill requires that at least two sole-practitioner CPAs be appointed to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

About TACPA:
The Texas Association of Certified Public Accountants is a Texas organization committed to representing local CPAs who practice public accountancy in their hometowns. More information: http://tacpa.net/ .

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The Women’s Center Supports Sexual Assault Survivor Charged for False Reporting

victims of sexual assaultCARBONDALE, Ill., March 6, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Jury selection for the criminal trial of Melisa Vistain, of Jackson County, Illinois, is set to begin March 12, 2013. Vistain faces felony charges for falsely reporting sexual assault. She insists on her innocence of these charges, and adamantly claims to be a victim of multiple accounts of sexual assault and abuse when she was drugged and held captive for three days during March 2012. Rape Crisis Services of The Women’s Center stands in support of Melisa Vistain.

Rape Crisis Services wants women who are victims of sexual assault to know that Rape Crisis Services believes them, believes sexual assault victims should not be penalized for reporting acts of sexual violence to law enforcement, and believes perpetrators of sexual assault should be held responsible for their crimes.

We applaud Melisa’s courage in reporting the violence committed against her, and urge the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office to drop all charges against Melisa Vistain.

The Women’s Center provides comprehensive services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. All services are free and confidential. Crisis services can be accessed 24-hours a day by calling our hotline at 800.334.2094.

For more information about The Women’s Center, including our shelter program, counseling, advocacy services, educational programming, community events, volunteer opportunities or to make a financial contribution, please contact The Women’s Center at 618.549.4807 or visit http://www.thewomensctr.org/ .

The Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault 32 member board of lawmakers and professionals and 21 sexual assault organizations have signed and hand delivered a letter to Mike Carr asking him to drop this case, the letter is available on the website http://www.SexualAssaultMyths.com/ .

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Printronix expands advantages of line matrix technology

Printronix expands advantages of line matrix technology

Offenbach, 21 February 2013. Printronix, a worldwide leader in business-critical printing solutions, presents its new P8000 line matrix printer family with advanced features for industrial printing. The identical and versatile printer models are now also available for the TallyGenicom-branded TG6800 series by Printronix. With the new P8000 and TG6800 cartridge line matrix printers Printronix builds on the competitive advantages of line matrix printing compared to laser technology as most cost saving printing solution in the high-end segment.

“Our new P8000 Cartridge Printer series reflects the diverse global usage of line matrix technology today,” says Mark Edwards, senior vice president, global sales and marketing, Printronix, adding: “Industry leading companies have replaced their laser printers with Printronix”s line matrix technology and continue to reap the benefits – especially their high reliability and lowest ownership cost.”

Line matrix is designed for users in manufacturing, distribution and logistics, government, banking and automotive who need to print invoices, shipment and transportation documentation, bank statements and product compliance labels. Users can expect maximum uptime, low total cost of ownership, a small footprint and reduced noise from the new P8000 and TG6800.

Technological progress in line matrix printers from Printronix

New modular enclosures improve reliability and occupy a smaller footprint while delivering location and installation flexibility. Keeping pace with today”s technology is easy with new USB 2.0 connectivity, a larger LCD screen and an intuitive menu navigation system included as standard features of the P8000 and TG6800.

In terms of an adaptable functionality the P8000 and the TG6800 series feature a broader selection of models, with the introduction of a Tabletop Printer and updates to Printronix”s popular Open Pedestal printer. Companies that require multiple-part forms will welcome PowerPrint™, a new feature that delivers improved print quality with increased clarity and print darkness by increasing impact energy.

The new line matrix printer series by Printronix and TallyGenicom stands for cost-conscious printing: From its backward-compatible cartridge ribbon that reduces inventory management costs as well as ordering and installation confusion, to its remote diagnostics, the P8000 and the TG 6800 are a smart purchase. In addition, users save even more money through improved energy efficiency that lowers idle power consumption and boosts operating efficiency.

Cost-Effective Replacements for Laser Printers

Line matrix printers from Printronix convince even in harsh industrial environments with superior performance and media flexibility spanning multipart forms, oversize media, peel-off labels and card stock. The ribbons of the latest models of the P8000 and the TG6800 series can be replaced in just a few simple steps. The result is more uptime with lower service and operating costs. Line matrix cartridge consumables last longer and are six times less expensive than laser toner cartridges. As printing volume increases, line matrix”s consumable savings grow dramatically. In addition to energy savings, line matrix printers have a much longer life cycle than laser printers. The new Printronix P8000 Cartridge Printer and Tally Genicom TG6800 series will begin shipping immediately and are available for ordering today.

About Printronix:
Printronix is a leader in business-critical printing solutions, offering the most-trusted selection of ultra-reliable printers, services, supplies and parts for environments demanding top reliability and low printing costs. The company offers the two most-trusted brand names in industrial, back office and supply chain printing, Printronix and TallyGenicom, known throughout manufacturing, distribution, retail, banking, healthcare, government and other enterprises across the globe. The combined brand portfolios include the highest-quality line matrix, thermal and RFID printers, and service management solutions. Printronix was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Irvine, California. For further information, please visit: www.printronix.com

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Patton Sales Corporation Expands – Workforce Investment Board Contributes to Company’s Success

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Jan. 17, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Patton Sales Corporation, a steel service center and manufacturer based in Ontario, has expanded its business, the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced today.

Two years ago, Patton Sales Corporation was in danger of laying off employees. Owner Jon Novack needed to diversify his business, but funds for the necessary new equipment, employees, and training were in short supply.

The Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County contacted Novack about an On-the-Job Training program, which would reimburse the company for a portion of a new hire’s wages during a specified training period. The Workforce Investment Board would also help recruit the new employees.

Patton Sales Corporation hired eight people through the On-the-Job training program. The money saved through this program gave the company the confidence to make capital investments in equipment that would help the company grow. Two years later, Patton Sales Corporation has announced its expansion, where it opened a 15,000 square foot facility that employs six people.

“Without the help of the Workforce Investment Board, we would not be where we are now,” said Novack. “The programs helped us avoid layoffs and save more than 20 jobs. We eventually were able to expand our business, and we hired eight people through On-the-Job Training programs offered by the Workforce Investment Board.”

The Workforce Investment Board assists many others with finding gainful employment and building a career locally. Patton Sales Corporation also hired three more staff members in Ontario as drivers and administrative staff to support the new location.

“Patton Sales Corporation and its employees are among many finding success with help from the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County,” said Sandy Harmsen. “The Workforce Investment Board offers a wide range of services to support the County’s employers.”

The Workforce Investment Board offers a variety of services including: employee recruiting and prescreening, workshops and process improvement programs, and the WIB has the ability to connect businesses with federally funded On-the-Job Training, a program that offers a wage reimbursement for part of an employee’s earnings during a set training period of up to six months.

“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 Janice Rutherford, County of San Bernardino Chair and Second District Supervisor. “These programs are vital to our region’s economic recovery.”

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

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San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Commissions Study to Identify County’s Demand Employment Sectors

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Nov. 5, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board conducted a study to identify the top demand sectors for employment in San Bernardino County. The results showed that manufacturing, health care, transportation and logistics, energy and utilities, and construction are the top five industries that will be seeking a skilled workforce in San Bernardino County to fill available jobs.

The Workforce Investment Board commissioned a study by the ERISS Corporation so it can focus its limited resources in the county’s demand industries, working with the county’s competitive advantages to create a trained and skilled workforce.

The Workforce Investment Board convenes stakeholders from businesses, community based organizations, government and education to develop a highly skilled workforce in San Bernardino County. It works closely with the business community to fund training programs that meet the needs of local companies and the types of skills they seek. It also helps individuals build sustainable careers in living wage jobs.

“Our Workforce Investment Board has always taken a leadership role in identifying and bringing community stakeholders together to help formulate the best long-term strategy for the use of federal dollars in our local economy,” said Josie Gonzales, Chair, Board of Supervisors. “As we enter a growth period after the recession, we will orient our support to train job seekers for the job opportunities available with local businesses.”

The research study was conducted on behalf of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board during the first quarter of 2012. Its goal was to make recommendations for industry clusters with growth potential for the local area. The project included dedicated industry surveys, secondary quantitative research, and significant qualitative research. The analysis resulted in a series of recommendations for industry clusters and policy opportunities for the county.

“As the lead organization in the county convening stakeholders to solve workforce issues in San Bernardino County, the Workforce Investment Board will strategically deploy its resources to connect businesses with the workforce they need,” said Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the Workforce Investment Board. “The timing of these results could not be better, as it allows us to lead the county in aligning with the state’s workforce strategy so we can work together to create a better employment picture in San Bernardino County and in California.”

As a policymaking body that administers federal funding locally, the Workforce Investment Board reviews various research studies on an ongoing basis to ensure that it is serving the key business sectors in San Bernardino County that are driving employment.

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 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 and Business Resource Centers. 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 or Twitter @InlandEmpireJob and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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East End Job Fair Will Offer Hundreds of Great Jobs for San Bernardino Area Workers

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Nov. 2, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — At a time when good local jobs are in high demand, the Inland Empire East End Job Fair hosted by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board will offer local job seekers the chance to meet with dozens of employers and access hundreds of job opportunities.

The Job Fair will be held Tuesday, November 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carousel Mall, 295 Carousel Mall, in San Bernardino. Information about the Job Fair for employers and job seekers may be obtained at (800) 451-JOBS or visit www.csb-win.org.

The Job Fair’s co-sponsors include the City of Colton, the Yucaipa Chamber of Commerce, the California State University San Bernardino Career Development Center and the San Bernardino Valley Enterprise Zone.

The East End Job Fair has already attracted more than a dozen local companies seeking to fill more than a hundred job openings. Participating companies include US Foods, County of San Bernardino Pre-School Services Department, States Logistics, Synergy Companies, Ashley Furniture and American Medical Response. The jobs offered will include full-time and part-time positions in professional, managerial, technical, clerical, transportation, shipping and logistics, manufacturing, medical, retail, service, and sales.

States Logistics of Buena Park is seeking to hire more than 50 new employees at the Job Fair for staffing and management of their warehouse and customer service departments.

“We have had consistent success finding qualified new employees at the San Bernardino area Job Fairs and our company is growing, so we have a lot of positions to fill,” said Linda Chambers, HR Manager of States Logistics.

Steve Wilkinson, Operations Manager for Service Brothers Transport, will participate for the first time in a local job fair because of the access to local job seekers. “We are looking for people from the local area to work out of our office in San Bernardino. There are a lot of good people in that area and we want to support the community there by hiring at the Job Fair.” The rapidly growing transportation and shipping company will be looking for eight new drivers and a mechanic.

At the recent High Desert Job Fair, more than 75 employers offering more than 1,400 job opportunities met more than 1,600 applicants. Job seeker Sean Lunsford was among the first in line at the event and earned an interview with a Rancho Cucamonga company. “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.”

“Because our County’s employers are committed to hiring locally, our Job Fairs are a great way for employers and job seekers to meet face-to-face,” said Sandy Harmsen Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “Our Job Fairs give businesses a way to efficiently access large numbers of qualified workers and find the human resources they need to grow and be successful.”

Numerous local companies attend the Job Fairs annually with many returning to find new workers each year since 2008. Eduardo Cruz, Human Resources Manager at Horizon Hobby, Inc. has attended the Inland Empire West End Job Fair for the past four years. “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 East End Job Fair will bring together local businesses and our community’s skilled workforce to help businesses grow and positively impact our county’s economic vitality,” said Josie Gonzales, Chair and County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor. “Job Fairs help local business find qualified job seekers in the community which creates opportunities for county residents to work close to home. This not only supports our economy, it also reduces the need for residents to commute long distances and that improves our air quality and reduces traffic congestion.”

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 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 www.csb-win.org.

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

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San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Executive Director Sandy Harmsen Appointed to Chair California Workforce Association

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Oct. 26, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced that Executive Director Sandy Harmsen was appointed to Chair of the California Workforce Association’s Executive Committee. The committee facilitates the direction and management of the Association.

The California Workforce Association is a nonprofit membership organization that develops public policy strategies and builds local capacity to address critical workforce issues across California. It represents Workforce Investment Boards that are responsible for developing locally-based workforce strategies and solutions through a network of One-Stop Career Centers and other workforce partners.

“Sandy has led the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board to national prominence and we are thrilled to have her leadership aboard CWA,” said Barbara Halsey, Executive Director of the California Workforce Association. “Sandy cares deeply about her work and feels a personal connection to the workforce and employers that need support during this time of recovery.”

Harmsen was appointed to Director of the San Bernardino County Department of Workforce Development in January 2008. She oversees 130 employees and the operation of the county’s three Employment Resource Centers. Services available at these centers are offered under the Department of Labor’s Workforce Investment Act and are administered by the County’s Workforce Investment Board.

“Sandy’s 15 years of proven experience with San Bernardino County has earned her statewide recognition,” said Josie Gonzales, Chair of the Board of Supervisors. “Under her outstanding leadership, the County’s Workforce Investment Board has partnered with community organizations, businesses and educators to strengthen our workforce and help put people back to work.”

Employers and job seekers 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.

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 – Twitter @InlandEmpireJob – and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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New Employment Resource Center in Victorville Offers Central Location for Training, Placement and Career Services

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Oct. 25, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced it opened a new Employment Resource Center in Victorville.

Moving from its former location in Hesperia, the new Employment Resource Center is now located at 17310 Bear Valley Rd., Suite 109, Victorville. It has four classrooms, the first computer lab with Wi-Fi and several interview rooms for use by local employers seeking new hires.

The Employment Resource Centers help county residents re-enter the workforce or transfer their skills from shrinking industries to expanding industries. These vital services are offered at no cost to residents and include job training, job placement, job search, career counseling, resume writing and interview training as well as access to computers, printers, telephones and copy machines.

The Workforce Investment Board operates three Employment Resource Centers, located in Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino and now Victorville. Last year, these centers served more than 78,000 job seekers and provided more than 8,500 services directly to local employers.

In addition to the comprehensive service offerings to job seekers, the Centers offer expert employment advisors and business service representatives to help recruit and hire trained and skilled employees. The Centers also help local employers access funds and programs to support their businesses such as customized training programs or On-the-Job Training funds.

“The new ERC will help us continue to be an effective resource for businesses and those seeking work in our community, especially with our new central location,” said Harmsen. “The new ERC offers more of the outstanding training and hiring resources for which the Workforce Investment Board is known. It will continue to help job seekers in our area access much needed job training and job placement.”

The Workforce Investment Board is planning an official Grand Opening celebration of the new Employment Resource Center for the community to be held next Spring.

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 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 and Business Resource Centers. 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 – Twitter @InlandEmpireJob – and YouTube http://www.youtube.com/SBCountyWIB .

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iFOS Awarded U.S. Department of Treasury IDIQ Contract

CLARKSVILLE, Md., Oct. 9, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — iFOS, as an emerging leader in Federal financial solutions and technology, announced that the firm was awarded an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) base plus 4 option years contract award to support CDFI grant programs. This effort will require iFOS to recruit up to 100 field reviewers that can evaluate CDFI grant applications submitted from start-up organizations as well as large, national scale enterprises.

The project involves managing subject-matter expertise in community development finance and community development tax credit programs, including expertise in different types of financial institutions (i.e. loan funds, community development entities, credit unions, banks, and venture capital funds) and different types of community development activities (i.e., affordable housing development, commercial real estate development, community facilities development, charter school development, community health facilities, small business lending, etc.).

“Breaking through several fiscal challenges faced by the CDFI requires an innovative firm as iFOS with the unique expertise and advanced communications infrastructure required to administer fairness and equity in the grants application process. iFOS is honored to provide the required services and looks forward to taking CDFI grants to the next level in public funding over the coming years,” said Tawanda Smith, President and CEO of iFOS.

About Intelligent Fiscal Optimal Solutions (iFOS®), LLC:
iFOS Managing Consultants, LLC is a 8(a) certified, woman-owned small business of staff augmentation, management consulting and training. The firm provides specialized services in Federal Financial Management, Grants Management Support, Forensic Accounting, Acquisition and Contracts Management, and IT Portfolio Management Services.

The company is headquartered in Clarksville, Maryland. For more information, visit: http://www.ifoscorp.com/ .

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High-Human, Not High-Tech, Is the Ticket for Future Jobs, Starting Now, According to Contrarian Employment Report

EraNova Jobs Report author SamsonMOUNTAIN LAKES, N.J. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — As the U.S. Presidential election looms, lackluster job creation is one of the hottest issues being debated. But where, exactly, are those millions of new positions supposed to come from? “Right now, technology is creating jobs faster that they can be filled,” says Richard W. Samson, author of an employment report from EraNova Institute. “But in a short time many of those tech jobs will be automated out of existence.”

“The new jobs, in the millions needed, will not come from old thinking,” he says. “They will come from brand-new thinking about what humans basically are and uniquely do.”

This view is presented in a special report published by EraNova, “Highly-Human Jobs: The New Work That Technology Can’t Take Over.” Selling for $7.95, it may be downloaded free, for the month of October, by bloggers, journalists, and broadcasters who want to weigh in on the idea: http://highlyhumanjobs.ning.com.

“Based on economic trends since 1900,” says Samson, “knowledge work involving technology is set to dwindle just as agricultural and then manufacturing work dwindled. The new work will involve skills and sensibilities that electronic systems just can’t match any time soon if ever. Right now this awareness needs to be the focus of educators, young people, middle-aged career changers, employers, and policy makers.”

Very few people are looking at employment this way, he asserts. “We need to get the word out and start a conversation.”

The Highly-Human Jobs website — http://highlyhumanjobs.ning.com — is a service of EraNova Institute — http://www.eranova.com — and was created to support discussions related to the report.

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

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LVNs Graduate from Workforce Investment Board Partnership with Kaiser Permanente

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Aug. 27, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) has stepped in to fill the need for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN) by partnering with Kaiser Permanente Fontana and Ontario Medical Centers. Ten employees comprised the third class of graduates from the Pathways to LVN Program in May 2012. The training was provided by Chaffey College.

The Pathways to LVN Program provides Kaiser Permanente staff members with an opportunity to not only enhance their skills and advance their careers, but also enhance the level of service received by patients. When Suzie Aguirre learned about the opportunity to participate, she jumped at the chance.

“This gave me the opportunity to further my education and become an LVN,” Aguirre said.

Through Workforce Investment Board funding, Aguirre received help with tuition and the cost of books and supplies.

“With everyone’s help and family support, I graduated,” she said. “I am very proud of myself and of this positive outcome.”

According to the Workforce Access Matrix website, there is forecasted growth of 26% in San Bernardino County’s need for LVNs. The Matrix is a cooperative effort between the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS) Alliance for Education, and the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board.

LVNs play a vital role in the outpatient primary care setting. The role of the LVN is to perform technical tasks such as medication administration and wound care. The LVN’s licensed scope of practice allows them to cosign physician orders, manage patient messages, and further participate in Kaiser Permanente’s clinical goals and initiatives.

In January 2010, the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center partnered with the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board and Chaffey Community College to start the first Pathways to LVN Program in San Bernardino County. The program is an 18-month/three-semester curriculum that provides an educational opportunity for qualified Medical Assistants to become Licensed Vocational Nurses. The program targets employees who live in San Bernardino County.

“The Workforce Investment Board’s partnership with Kaiser Permanente serves our county’s residents and businesses by funding training programs to upgrade the skills of our local workforce,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board. “The Pathways to LVN is just one of the ways we use federal funding to support local businesses by upgrading the skills of existing employees so they can serve the organization at a higher level.”

“We are very proud of Suzie Aguirre and all of the graduates who successfully completed this program,” said Josie Gonzales, chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s partnership with Kaiser Permanente Medical Center is an example of how we can work together to bring opportunities to job seekers and employers.”

The next class from the Pathways to LVN Program will graduate December 2012. San Bernardino County residents who are interested in Workforce Investment Board training programs may contact their local Employment Resource Center or call (800) 451-JOBS; visit http://www.csb-win.org/ .

About Kaiser Permanente:
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 3.4 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to www.kp.org/newscenter.

Kaiser Permanente’s Fontana and Ontario Service Area has provided comprehensive, affordable health care to the Inland Empire for nearly 70 years and serves approximately 430,000 members. The Fontana and Ontario Service Area includes the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Fontana and Ontario, and medical offices in Fontana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Colton, Claremont, Montclair, Chino, San Bernardino, Victorville, Redlands, and Upland.

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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State Senate Committee Sides Against California Manufacturers, says Mag Instrument Inc.

ONTARIO, Calif., July 9, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — According to Mag Instrument Inc., the State Senate Judiciary Committee last week voted against a bill that would have made it easier for American manufacturers – and California manufacturers in particular – to claim their products are made in the United States, dealing a major blow to the state’s already weak business climate.

By a 3-2 vote, the committee voted against sending AB 858 to the Senate for a full vote, despite the fact that in June the Assembly voted 68-0 in favor of the measure.

One prominent Inland Empire manufacturer who was one of bill’s strongest supporters harshly criticized the committee’s vote, which was decided on party lines: All three Democrats voted no while the two Republican members voted yes.

“I could not be more disappointed and disgusted in the vote the committee took today,” said Tony Maglica, founder and owner of Mag Instrument Inc. in Ontario, which makes high-quality flashlights used by law enforcement agencies as well as the general public. A longtime champion of California-based manufacturing, Maglica built a 700,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility here in 2005 – in the middle of a decade that saw more than 600,000 manufacturing jobs leave California, amounting to a loss of 1/3 of the state’s manufacturing base.

“It’s another example of the state legislature making it as difficult as possible to do business in California,” continued Maglica, who started in business in 1955, in a one-man machine shop in a South El Monte garage. “We now have another example why this state is such a terrible place to operate a business. The Committee vote also shows that there are some state legislators who just don’t understand the realities of manufacturing in the age of the global supply chain. Some parts and materials you just can’t get domestically. Or maybe they just don’t care about the 700 jobs on my payroll, or the thousands of additional local jobs our manufacturing operations support indirectly.”

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, sought to reform an absurdly strict “Made in USA” labeling law that has been on the books in California since 1961.

That statute makes it impossible for many California manufacturers to claim that their products are made in the United States: if so much as a pin, a screw or a rubber o-ring seal was made outside the country, then the manufacturer cannot sell his product in California with a “Made in USA” label, according to the statute.

Any business that runs afoul of that statute could be sued for false advertising – and charged with a misdemeanor under California law.

California’s uniquely strict standard differs dramatically from the Federal Trade Commission’s “Made in USA” Guidelines, which have been embraced in all of the other 49 states. The FTC Guidelines provide a nuanced approach that focuses on the content of the product as a whole and the nature, amount and significance of any imported content the product may contain. The FTC Guidelines also consider whether a “Made in USA” label would be materially deceptive, and likely to mislead consumers acting reasonably under the circumstances. The California standard is far more rigid: It insists that not even a single small part can be of foreign origin, regardless of how small a percentage of the overall cost it represents. The California “Made in USA” statute also does not require proof of deceptive intent or effect, or of the materiality of any misstatement. It makes a miss as good as a mile – so even 99 percent domestic is not good enough to support a “Made in USA” label if one small part is foreign.

Hence, under California law, a manufacturer cannot claim its flashlights are made in the United States if even an o-ring or a light bulb that it uses is imported. For a multi-component manufactured product of any complexity, it is often impossible to find a viable domestic source for certain parts.

Jones’s bill argued that a “Made in USA” claim is not misleading if a foreign-made component is an insignificant part of the product. The bill would simply have brought California law on “Made in USA” labeling into line with the other 49 states and the FTC Guidelines.

“As law it makes no sense,” Assemblyman Jones said. “It’s a barnacle on the side of manufacturing in California.”

Because of California’s out-of-step “Made in USA” labeling law, all American manufacturers are at a disadvantage against foreign competitors. Unless they want to undertake the expense and risk of having one package for the other 49 states and a special package just for California, American manufacturers have no choice but to produce a 50-state package that complies with California’s unreasonably strict standard, under which it is almost never permissible, for a product of any complexity, to affix a Made in USA label. This can mean foregoing the right to lawfully mark its product “Made in USA” in the other 49 states. Although this is a special problem for California manufacturers (they are more likely to be sued under the California law because they are local), it competitively disadvantages all manufacturers of American products.

“The California statute is a dog in the manger – the only thing standing in the way of a uniform, rational, 50-state policy on Made in USA labeling,” commented Jerry Reilly, Mag Instrument’s Corporate Counsel. “Uniformity is needed now more than ever, at a time when American manufacturers and California manufacturers especially, need to be able to proclaim robustly their commitment to making things in America. At a time when our country’s manufacturing base is under siege and California’s even more so, AB 858 would have helped. The California Senate Judiciary Committee had a chance to advance a significant law reform today, and to give our state’s horrifically battered manufacturing sector a hand up. But the majority balked at this opportunity. I am very disappointed.”

Because it would have harmonized California’s law with the rest of the country, AB 858 was endorsed by the California Manufacturers & Technology Association and the California Retailers Association, as well as by organizations dedicated to promoting the purchase of American-made products, including the Made in the USA Foundation and the Made in USA Brand Certification Program.

It is not known if Jones plans to reintroduce the measure.

About Mag Instrument Inc.:
Mag Instrument was founded in 1955 and its campus in Ontario, Calif. consists of 9 buildings, including a new headquarters, manufacturing, engineering and distribution facility that occupies 700,000 square feet and employs more than 700 people. Mag Instrument is proud that its products are not only designed in the U.S.A. but built by American workers. Mag Instrument is committed to remaining a U.S. Manufacturer. For more information visit: http://www.maglite.com .

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San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Places 279 Youth in Summer Jobs

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., June 28, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board partnered with the Department of Behavioral Health to place 279 youth in summer jobs with local employers. The grant paid the wages to County youth ages 18-25 years old and provided transportation assistance as well as work readiness training prior to starting their jobs.

“This grant is affording these young people valuable hands-on work experience that will help them in their future endeavors,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “This is a great shot in the arm for both our employers and our youth.”

Hana Song, President of Le Tip in San Bernardino and Owner of Digital Color World, hired an intern to assist the board members of Le Tip. She has mentored three youth through Operation New Hope, a youth service provider with the Workforce Investment Board.

“All of the members feel that our intern, Ty Crawford is such a great blessing,” she said. “He has been instrumental in helping plan a mixer this summer. He took the initiative to work with The Yard House to host our event, which is unheard of.”

She hopes that when the summer program ends, they will be able to keep Crawford a bit longer.

“Not many people understand how the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s youth program and Operation New Hope help youth and the business community,” she said. “Ty has gained such confidence, which is needed in a tough economy. Business owners and organizations need talented, young workers to assist in their operations.”

“The employers who have participated in this program have not only received great benefits, but they have also made a significant investment in our future workforce,” said Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. “By training and mentoring our youth, they are helping to create the next generation of employees, community leaders and entrepreneurs of our County.”

The project will conclude on June 30, 2012 but employers who are interested in partnering with the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board to offer future work experience may contact Emily Petrus at epetrus@wdd.sbcounty.gov.

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: http://www.sbcounty.gov/wib/ .

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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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Youth Job Program Available for San Bernardino County Youth

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., May 22, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced on the heels of the Y4 event on Friday, April 27 that unemployed youth may apply for the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) youth program. The program gives eligible youth access to educational and career opportunities and job skills programs through adult and peer mentoring and counseling. The goal is for all participants to obtain valuable work experience, GEDs and certifications.

Applicants up to the age of 21 must be a resident of San Bernardino County and a senior in high school or out of school. The program is designed for at-risk, low-income youth. The youth programs may have additional qualifications and may be contacted for further details.

The WIA youth program is funded by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2012. More than 500 positions are currently open; applicants should visit www.SBCountyJobOps.com to find the local youth program in their community.

An annual tradition, Y4 provides WIA youth participants with high-energy presentations, career building workshops and opportunities to meet with local employers. More than 600 San Bernardino County youth gathered at Citizens Bank Arena to celebrate the completion of program year 2011-2012.

“A year ago, half of my students needed GEDs and only a few had jobs,” said Kristi Evans, youth employment specialist with the Mental Health Systems Needles Center for Change. “Now 90% of them have earned their GEDs and have received certifications. They couldn’t have done it without the support of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board’s youth job training program.”

Evans left for Ontario at 5:00 a.m. to drive 22 youth to the celebration. She was determined that after all of their hard work and dedication to the WIA youth program, they take part in the celebration.

“This year’s Y4 event was an awesome opportunity to celebrate the year-long commitment made by 665 courageous young men and women, who chose to take charge of their future,” said Josie Gonzales, San Bernardino County Chair and Fifth District Supervisor. “I was honored to speak to them and share a little bit about my life and my challenges. I wanted them to know that if I can make it, they can too!”

“These young people should be proud of their accomplishments, but the journey has only begun,” added Gonzales. “Hopefully, the resources and motivational speakers at Y4 will help them as they work towards their own personal and professional success.”

The Roadtrip Nation Experience RV was also part of the Y4 celebration. This year, the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board partnered with the Roadtrip Nation Experience to provide an intensive curriculum. 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 relate what they study to their real-world experiences; and open doors to different pathways and possibilities.

“Our success is due to the dedication of staff and the youth service providers who implement the Workforce Investment Act program across the county,” said Sandy Harmsen, executive director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board. “They work with our youth participants daily and devote themselves to help each individual achieve his or her goals.”

Y4 was hosted by County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors, in partnership with the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County.

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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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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Fresno Business Owners Revolt Against High Speed Rail

FRESNO, Calif., April 30, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Central Valley Tea Party has been commissioned to hold a press conference with one hundred Fresno business leaders and owners who will be affected by the imposition of the High-Speed Rail project on “Mayday,” Tuesday, May 1, 2012. The one hundred business owners who are on the current High-Speed Rail track line will be present in solidarity to oppose the High-Speed Rail through Fresno.

These Fresno businessmen and women will be on hand to tell their stories at the press conference. These businesses have been neglected and abused by the City and County of Fresno as well as the High-Speed Rail Authority. Also scheduled to speak is John Broeske, Executive Director of Families Protecting the Valley.

The lost revenue to the city and county of Fresno will be in the tens of millions of dollars. This is revenue that the city and county rely upon for essential services for all citizens. One business represented pays over a million dollars monthly in sales tax alone. Another Fresno business pays the county over a million dollars annually for truck licensing fees. These direct losses of tax base do not include similar losses from each and every employee.

The number of employees lost is another unreported issue. Many of the companies effected will be leaving Fresno altogether – many to other counties and several to other states. It will be nearly impossible to relocate these businesses to locations with similar freeway access inside of Fresno.

The displacement costs on top of the lost revenue will never adequately replace the active business dollars these businesses have built over generations of being in the right location. Eminent domain seizure of these properties is already planned by the High-Speed Rail Authority and the only recourse of these businesses may be a class-action lawsuit that could tie up the project for years.

WHAT – WHEN – WHERE:
“Mayday! Mayday! Stop the Train.”
100 Fresno Businesses Opposed to High Speed Rail;
Tuesday May 1st;
At Klein’s Truck Stop;
(Herndon and Freeway 99);
12 noon (Lunch Served).

Here is a partial list of Fresno businesses who have signed a letter against high-speed rail:
Fresno Commercial Neon
John R Lawson Trucking
Thermo-King
La Quinta Inn
Discount Tire
Subway
Bob’s Mini-Storage
Riverside Nursery
The Cosmopolitan Restaurant
Dustin Pest Control
Klein’s Truck Stop
Fresno Rescue Mission
Romo’s Towing
Allied Waste
A&R Transmission
Yukon Jack’s
Rosenbaum Rockery
United RV Storage
Bulldog Recycling
Valley National Express.

More information: http://centralvalleyteaparty.com .

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Jefferson County Judge’s Fire Safety Day and Sulphur Springs ‘FUN Park’ Ribbon Cutting

PINE BLUFF, Ark., April 23, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The community of Sulphur Springs, County Judge Mike Holcomb, the Jefferson County Mutual Aid Association (JCMAA), and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) will hold a fire safety day and a ribbon cutting on May 5, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Office of Jefferson County Judge was awarded $45,000 from the Facilities for Underdeveloped Neighborhoods (FUN Park) Grant Program administered by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism and the Outdoor Recreation Grants Program. Designated to assist rural areas in developing basic neighborhood outdoor recreation facilities, the funding is made available by two sources, the Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Grant & Trust Fund (NCRGTF). The ribbon cutting signifies the beginning of the construction of an accessible pavilion, basketball court, and playground. The ceremony will start the event at 10 a.m.

Judge Holcomb’s Office was also awarded a $292,000 grant from FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security’s Fire Prevention & Safety Grant Program. Judge Holcomb partnered with the volunteer fire departments of the JCMAA and OEM to increase public awareness of fire safety through a smoke alarm campaign. The project consists of door-to-door distribution of smoke alarms as well as home safety inspections conducted by the volunteer fire fighters. $25,000 has gone directly to the departments to compensate their volunteers for their time and mileage expenses.

Fire Extinguisher Sales & Services will have “live fire” fire extinguisher safety demonstrations. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors will be given to attendees (as long as supplies last).

The event is sponsored by Jefferson County Judge Mike Holcomb, the Jefferson County Mutual Aid Association, and the Jefferson County Office of Emergency Management.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

Sulphur Springs Park is located on Sulphur Springs Road (Highway 54) across the street from the Watson Chapel Volunteer Fire Department Station 1.

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2012 MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition Begins

Missouri Alliance for the Development of EntrepreneurshipMARSHALL, Mo., Feb. 24, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship announced the launch of its third MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition. The competition encourages new and aspiring businesses through a competitive, educational and technical assistance business development process with winners receiving grants to help grow their business.

The Competition provides new and potential business owners in Missouri an opportunity to compete with other new businesses throughout the state. The competition is designed to support future Missouri businesses and communities by cultivating reliable businesses, creating jobs, and stimulating the state’s economic future.

Why participate in the MADE Competition? According to one of the winners from 2011, “You guys were very accommodating, the detail that was required for the application allowed me to solidify my thoughts and ideas of my business. Also the rounds of feedback made sure I got general, detailed and then specific advice and thoughtful consideration on the development of my business…. This competition gives you a chance for a professional to review and better your idea and then you also have the chance to take home something for yourself as well. It’s important for hopefuls that take business seriously to apply because this is like free business mentorship, rare to find.”

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 the final round will develop business plans and provide brief business pitches to judges in a simulated investor scenario. Finalists present their finished business plans, products, and services at the Missouri State Fair on August 16, 2012 in Sedalia, Missouri.

Grants will be awarded as startup or operating capital to winners at 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 Missouri that has been 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.

Application material can be accessed online at http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE with a first round submission deadline of May 31, 2012. Submissions by mail must be postmarked by May 31st, and those by email must be sent by 5:00 p.m. on May 31st.

For more information and to register, go online to
http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE
or contact:
Cheryl Zimny
Community Development Manager
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency
1415 S. Odell
Marshall, MO 65340
Phone: 660-886-7476, ext. 816
Fax: 660-831-5039
Made.mvcaa@gmail.com.

About MADE:
The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) is a coalition of a diverse group of organizations, technical assistance professionals, university, federal and state departments, entrepreneurs and other professionals. The guiding purpose behind its creation was the integration of a coalition dedicated to cultivating entrepreneurship in Missouri by assisting entrepreneurs in creating, financing and managing their new businesses and effecting an environment which supports them. The Alliance is facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri.

This project is funded 100 percent at $15,000 with federal funds received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division.

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2012 MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition Begins

Missouri Alliance for the Development of EntrepreneurshipMARSHALL, Mo., Feb. 24, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship announced the launch of its third MADE In Missouri State Entrepreneurship Competition. The competition encourages new and aspiring businesses through a competitive, educational and technical assistance business development process with winners receiving grants to help grow their business.

The Competition provides new and potential business owners in Missouri an opportunity to compete with other new businesses throughout the state. The competition is designed to support future Missouri businesses and communities by cultivating reliable businesses, creating jobs, and stimulating the state’s economic future.

Why participate in the MADE Competition? According to one of the winners from 2011, “You guys were very accommodating, the detail that was required for the application allowed me to solidify my thoughts and ideas of my business. Also the rounds of feedback made sure I got general, detailed and then specific advice and thoughtful consideration on the development of my business…. This competition gives you a chance for a professional to review and better your idea and then you also have the chance to take home something for yourself as well. It’s important for hopefuls that take business seriously to apply because this is like free business mentorship, rare to find.”

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 the final round will develop business plans and provide brief business pitches to judges in a simulated investor scenario. Finalists present their finished business plans, products, and services at the Missouri State Fair on August 16, 2012 in Sedalia, Missouri.

Grants will be awarded as startup or operating capital to winners at 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 Missouri that has been 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.

Application material can be accessed online at http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE with a first round submission deadline of May 31, 2012. Submissions by mail must be postmarked by May 31st, and those by email must be sent by 5:00 p.m. on May 31st.

For more information and to register, go online to
http://www.mvcaa.net/index.cfm?Page=MADE
or contact:
Cheryl Zimny
Community Development Manager
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency
1415 S. Odell
Marshall, MO 65340
Phone: 660-886-7476, ext. 816
Fax: 660-831-5039
Made.mvcaa@gmail.com.

About MADE:
The Missouri Alliance for the Development of Entrepreneurship (MADE) is a coalition of a diverse group of organizations, technical assistance professionals, university, federal and state departments, entrepreneurs and other professionals. The guiding purpose behind its creation was the integration of a coalition dedicated to cultivating entrepreneurship in Missouri by assisting entrepreneurs in creating, financing and managing their new businesses and effecting an environment which supports them. The Alliance is facilitated by Missouri Valley Community Action Agency of Marshall, Missouri.

This project is funded 100 percent at $15,000 with federal funds received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Family Support Division.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Awards iFOS Multi-Year Contract to Provide Professional Support Services for Financial Computer Systems

Intelligent Fiscal Optimal SolutionsWASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 24, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Intelligent Fiscal Optimal Solutions (iFOS), LLC, announced today the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service Agency has awarded a multi-year contract to provide application development, maintenance and support for the agency national financial systems.

Other project objectives include management and support of national web sites and production related duties in addition to providing helpdesk services to customers. Through the Financial Computer Systems Support contract, iFOS will provide programming and user support by maintaining and/or improving the agency’s Working Capital Fund (WCF) report center website and assisting end users in obtaining the required reports for operational decision-making. These services will be part of the Forest Service efforts to maintain and improve reporting efforts of the agency-wide financial operations.

The firm will also conduct and monitor full-scope Certification and Accreditation (C&A) program phases that integrate into the agency specific System Development Lifecycle (SDLC). This effort will continue to provide the agency with an understanding of how C&A corresponds to the overall implementation of a system within the Forest Service environment. iFOS delivers formally documented recommendations on overall security posture enhancements for public systems.

“iFOS looks forward to providing dedicated expertise at government agencies like U.S. Forest Service. The entire firm is excited on receiving the Financial Computer Systems award. It demonstrates our ability as a small business is able to deliver big results,” commented Tawanda M. Smith, President and CEO, iFOS, LLC.

About Intelligent Fiscal Optimal Solutions (iFOS), LLC:
Intelligent Fiscal Optimal Solutions (iFOS)(R) Managing Consultants, LLC is a 8(a) certified, woman-owned small business of staff augmentation, management consulting and training of Accounting, Acquisition, Grants and Financial Management Support Services. iFOS offers specialized Business and Financial Management Solutions to help public agencies and other organizations with their oversight responsibilities of pre-audit readiness, business intelligence and analytics and electronic modernization of public systems. The company professionals have 100+ combined years of prior public service expertise and have successfully completed assignments to improve the quality of fiscal programs including the oversight, maintenance, administration, reporting and audit of complex public operations.

The company is headquartered in Clarksville, Maryland. For more information, visit: http://www.ifoscorp.com .

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Grant Expanded to Fund Job Training for Laid-Off Census Workers

Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino CountySAN BERNARDINO, Calif., Feb. 23, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board announced that a $1.5 million Workforce Investment Act, Multi-Sector Partnership National Emergency Grant has been expanded to include laid-off census workers. This grant has nearly 200 spaces available to fill by the close of June 30, 2012. Census workers who were laid off between September 21, 2010, and September 27, 2011 are eligible to apply at one of San Bernardino County’s Employment Resource Centers.

“This grant will pay for laid-off workers to participate in On-the-Job Training, paid work experience, internships and customized training programs,” said Sandy Harmsen, Executive Director of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board and Director of Workforce Development. “It also provides support services for participants such as tools and transportation, depending upon their needs.”

In 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau hired nearly 700,000 workers. These were all short term assignments and all were completed by September 2010.

The San Bernardino County Business Resource Team is also recruiting employers to hire through this grant and receive reimbursement for the wages of new employees paid through On-the-Job Training contracts.

“The census jobs, though temporary positions, were a lifeline for many of our residents seeking employment during tough, recessionary times,” said Josie Gonzales, Chair and County of San Bernardino Fifth District Supervisor. “Now, through this grant expansion another lifeline has been cast, linking former census workers with services and training to secure more permanent careers in one of our region’s in-demand industries.”

The California Multi-Sector Workforce Partnership was formed to address 123 mass layoffs in California that affected 32,527 workers in 19 industries statewide. The partnership expects 5,887 California residents to receive free training paid for by this grant.

The purpose of this partnership is to provide a collaborative response to the retrain and transition dislocated workers. It also aims to help employers in vital economic sectors with employee development.

Employers or job seekers with questions should call (800) 451-JOBS (5627) or visit one of the County’s three Employment Resource Centers located in San Bernardino, Rancho Cucamonga and Hesperia. Information is also available at http://www.sbcountyjobops.com/training.html .

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 to 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.

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