The state Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development has awarded the Tri County Workforce Council with an Exceptional Contribution Award.
Tri County was one of three organizations that received $263,000 in CTED funding in 2004 to bridge economic development and WorkFirst, Washington state's initiative to help low-income residents find jobs and become self sufficient.
Tri County Workforce Council is being acknowledged for using innovative ways to link WorkFirst and economic development, said Marijo Olson, assistant director of the Community Services Division of CTED.
"Tri County Workforce Council is a great example of how innovation pays off in Washington State," Olson said. "The project reached business leaders and the community and showed how these kinds of partnerships work."
Tri County formed strategic partnerships with New Vision Yakima County Economic Development Association, Great Yakima, Sunnyside and White Salmon chambers of commerce on this project.
About 120 businesses were assisted with information regarding WorkFirst hiring and training resources. More than 100 WorkFirst job seekers job shadowed at local businesses to gain job skills.
Other project partners include WorkSource and Community Service Offices in Yakima and Klickitat counties.