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City Council Agrees to Workforce Training Grant

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 236

galesburgA local manufacturer will be able to train more of its employees with the help of a city economic development grant.

During last night’s Galesburg City Council meeting, aldermen unanimously approved $22,000 to the company.  The City of Galesburg allocates $50,000 on an annual basis for job training incentives.

Although Midstate Manufacturing will be using about $95,000 of its own money for employee training, the city grant will help give additional employees training.

Sixth Ward Alderman and Deputy Mayor Wayne Allen tells WGIL that it’s important for the city to be involved in workforce development.

“This is what improves our workforce,” Allen said.  “It also improves job forces.  It just improves the climate of the city as a whole.  Sometimes it keeps clients in Galesburg, too.”

Hundreds of Midstate’s employees will receive leadership, welding, and blue print training.

According to City documents, 15 employees will be hired during the nine month training period.

Aldermen approved the grant funding unanimously.