Wednesday, September 03, 2008

U.S. Department of Labor Sends Iowa $17 million Grant

The U.S. Department of Labor announced to provided Iowa with the remaining $11,127,000 of a $17 million National Emergency Grant to assist in the ongoing flood and tornado recovery efforts underway.

"Iowans will be working hard in the months ahead to repair the damage caused by these natural disasters and the department will continue to do everything we can to help," said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.

The grant which was awarded to the Iowa Workforce Development agency will provide funding to create temporary jobs to assist in cleanup, repair, renovation and reconstruction of damaged and destroyed public structures, facilities and lands within the affected communities. The grants also will be used for projects that provide food, clothing, shelter and other types of humanitarian assistance for disaster victims.

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's discretionary fund and are awarded in accordance with a state's ability to meet specific guidelines.

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