Times Leader Awarded State Grant Money

October 10, 2018

Five area businesses — including The Times Leader newspaper — have been awarded a combined $68,650 in state grants to fund employee training, state Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski, D-121, Wilkes-Barre, announced Tuesday. The Times Leader was awarded the largest amount with $30,000. It wasn’t immediately clear how the media outlet would use the money, but the grant requires the funding to be used for essential skills or advanced technology training. Officials with The Times Leader, and its parent company Civitas Media, did not return requests for comment on Tuesday. Other companies receiving grants were InterMetro Industries Corp. with $18,900, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre with $11,000, Advertising Outsourcing Services with $7,000 and Itoh Denki USA Inc. with $1,750. The grant money was awarded through the Workforce and Economic Development Network of Pennsylvania, a program run by the state Department of Community and Economic Development. Requirements of the grants are that the funding goes toward training for full-time positions that include benefits and have a wage of at least 150 percent of the federal minimum wage, or approximately $10.90 a hour. “Workforce development is essential to ensuring that Pennsylvania workers are prepared to meet the demands of the ever-changing employment market,” Pashinski said in a press release. “I’m incredibly appreciative that the Workforce and Economic Development Network has invested in our community and I look forward to hearing the success stories this investment brings.” In a phone call later Tuesday, Pashinski insisted he played no role in selecting the grant recipients. “Any time there is a grant, you have to apply for it. You have to abide by whatever the guidelines are. DCED will take it under consideration. Based on the money they have, they will either accept or deny,” Pashinski said. “I don’t make that decision. As a matter of fact, sometimes we don’t know what grants are applied for.” Businesses can learn more about the grant and application process at www.wednetpa.com. Contact the writer: bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2055, @cvbobkal

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