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2009 Media Releases


Date:
April 1, 2009
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Chad Blahak, City Stimulus Coordinators, 309-4608
Dan Cain, Urban Development, 441-7111


STIMULUS FUNDS TO CREATE JOBS FOR LOW-INCOME YOUTH

Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will provide $408,803 for a summer jobs program for low-income youth ages 14 to 24. SummerWorks will fund about 200 jobs with the City of Lincoln and other public and nonprofit agencies in Lancaster and Saunders counties.

"The nationwide unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year olds not attending school is 70 percent," said Mayor Beutler. "This is a great opportunity for young people to gain experience at meaningful jobs and to increase their income. It also helps the City get summer work done during a tough budget year."

Applicants must meet eligibility requirements for the jobs, which will last from May through September. The application is available online on the City Web site, lincoln.ne.gov - click on "employment" then Summer Youth Employment Application. For more information, call 441-4922.

The federal workforce stimulus also is providing the City of Lincoln with about $516,000 more in Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds. Some of this money will be used to cover tuition and books for those training for a first career or re-training for a new career.

"Our local economy continues to fare better than the national economy, but we also have experienced many layoffs, and many families are struggling," Beutler said. "These funds will be used quickly and effectively to assist those most impacted by the recession."

More information on these WIA funds is available by calling 441-7111.


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