Bill Text: NY S04479 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Relates to the creation of the strategic investment in workforce development program.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Introduced) 2019-03-12 - REFERRED TO CORPORATIONS, AUTHORITIES AND COMMISSIONS [S04479 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S04479-Introduced.html

                STATE OF NEW YORK
                               2019-2020 Regular Sessions
                    IN SENATE
                                     March 12, 2019
        Introduced  by Sens. COMRIE, ORTT -- read twice and ordered printed, and
          when printed to be committed to the Committee on Corporations, Author-
          ities and Commissions
        AN ACT to amend the New York state urban development corporation act, in
          relation to the creation of  the  strategic  investment  in  workforce
          development program
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:
     1    Section 1. Section 1 of chapter 174 of the laws of 1968,  constituting
     2  the  New  York  state  urban  development corporation act, is amended by
     3  adding a new section 53 to read as follows:
     4    § 53. Strategic investment in workforce development.  1.  Pursuant  to
     5  this  section  there  is  hereby established within the corporation, the
     6  strategic investment in workforce development program  to  identify  and
     7  address  workforce  needs  throughout  the  state. The corporation shall
     8  collaborate with the department of labor,  the  department  of  economic
     9  development,  the  state  university of New York, the city university of
    10  New York, and the state  education  department  to  provide  support  to
    11  eligible  applicants  within amounts available for the strategic invest-
    12  ments in workforce development program and shall identify  the  training
    13  needs  of employers, employees and prospective employees; identify areas
    14  of the state or specific industries where a shortage of a skilled  work-
    15  force is impacting the ability of those areas of the state or industries
    16  to  remain  competitive  and  innovative; identify methods and models to
    17  train and employ youth workers; and identify ways to  serve  prospective
    18  employees  that are currently unemployed or underemployed. The strategic
    19  investment in workforce development program shall utilize  the  informa-
    20  tion  gathered  to  target  workforce  training  activities,  employment
    21  credentials or certificate opportunities, and skill development programs
    22  to meet the identified needs and to provide necessary training and skill
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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     1  development programs to youth and  individuals  who  are  unemployed  or
     2  underemployed.
     3    2.  Eligible  applicants  shall  include  an employer or consortium of
     4  employers in conjunction with a labor organization, a not-for-profit, an
     5  educational entity or a program or network that  provides  training  and
     6  skill  development for youth or individuals who are unemployed or under-
     7  employed.   An entity that works  directly  with  employers  to  provide
     8  training or retraining, particularly in high-skill occupations or indus-
     9  tries,  or  an entity that seeks to promote and foster economic develop-
    10  ment and job growth shall also  be  considered  an  eligible  applicant.
    11  Eligible  applicants  shall  demonstrate a relationship with educational
    12  programs and entities that address the needs of employers, employees  or
    13  prospective employees, particularly youth, unskilled workers, unemployed
    14  individuals or underemployed workers.
    15    3.  (a) Assistance provided by the corporation to eligible applicants,
    16  may be used for the costs associated with strategic  workforce  develop-
    17  ment training and skills development. Such costs may include, but is not
    18  limited to, classroom training, on the job training, curriculum develop-
    19  ment, and training materials associated with on the job training, skills
    20  upgrading,  skills  retraining,  and basic skills training that leads to
    21  obtaining appropriate certifications or degrees from  accredited  insti-
    22  tutions; and
    23    (b)  The corporation shall ensure that not less than twenty percent of
    24  the program funds are used in support  of  projects  that  assist  small
    25  businesses  as defined in section one hundred thirty-one of the economic
    26  development law and minority- and women-owned business enterprises.
    27    4. (a) The corporation shall report to the legislature by June thirti-
    28  eth, two thousand twenty and annually thereafter, identifying the  enti-
    29  ties  receiving  assistance, the type of assistance provided, the number
    30  of individuals trained and newly hired including those who  were  previ-
    31  ously  unemployed,  underemployed or economically disadvantaged, and the
    32  number of certifications or degrees  conferred  from  accredited  insti-
    33  tutions.
    34    (b)  The  corporation shall also provide for an independent evaluation
    35  of the program on or before June thirtieth, two thousand twenty-one, and
    36  every three years thereafter.
    37    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately and  shall  be  deemed  to
    38  have been in full force and effect on and after April 1, 2019.