Recently, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), held a Press Conference at the Hartford office of the CTWorks’ One-Stop Career Center, which is supported by Capital Workforce Partners (CWP) and its regional partners. KRA Corporation manages and oversees the Workforce Investment Act and Jobs First Employment Services programs in the five Centers in North Central Connecticut.
The Senator discussed the importance of not just extending Emergency Unemployment Benefits (EUB) for the long-term unemployed, which ran out at the end of 2013, but the need for more job-training incentives for businesses to put people back to work. Another issue centered on the need for more small-business loans, as well as loans to those unemployed who want to start their own businesses and hire others.
During the forum, which was covered by all the major local TV networks, the Senator met with 15 CTWorks customers, enrolled in the FIRST (Focused Intensive Re-employment Success Training) Program, who shared their thoughts on restoring EUB, as well as some great ideas for helping the long-term unemployed get back to work. Restoring Unemployment Benefits/Plight of the Long Term Unemployed in CT Video can be viewed on the CWP website at: http://www.capitalworkforce.org/about/Outreach.shtml/, or on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gmd_Fi-Vrso/
According to Kimberly Staley, KRA Vice President and Director of Client Relations, “The Senator’s visit was very timely, bringing the plight of the long-term unemployed, and the need for immediate Congressional action, into sharp focus. KRA, in partnership with CWP, will continue to advocate for and support the unemployed in North Central CT through the CTWorks System.”