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File #: 22-201    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/1/2022 Departments: COUNTY MANAGER
On agenda: 3/22/2022 Final action: 3/22/2022
Title: Adopt a resolution authorizing the County Manager, or designee(s), to negotiate and execute an agreement with NOVAworks for a term of March 22, 2022 through October 31, 2022 in an amount not to exceed $400,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding to conduct the 2022 Pilot Workforce Development Program for San Mateo County residents negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Attachments: 1. 20220322_r_NOVAworks workforce development program.pdf
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Michael P. Callagy, County Manager
Peggy Jensen, Assistant County Manager
Subject: San Mateo County Recovery Initiative Funding for a Workforce Development Pilot Program Agreement with NOVAworks

RECOMMENDATION:
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Adopt a resolution authorizing the County Manager, or designee(s), to negotiate and execute an agreement with NOVAworks for a term of March 22, 2022 through October 31, 2022 in an amount not to exceed $400,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding to conduct the 2022 Pilot Workforce Development Program for San Mateo County residents negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BACKGROUND:
In April 2020, the San Mateo County Recovery Initiative, which brought together over 300 representatives of local agencies, nongovernment organizations, private partners, and community residents to develop a strategic pandemic recovery plan, identified as a top recovery priority assisting workers displaced by the pandemic and those without career opportunities through workforce development programs. Recent community engagement work by the Gardner Center at Stanford University and the County's Chief Equity Officer reaffirmed that workforce development, especially in the communities most impacted by the pandemic, remains a high community priority.

In late 2020, the County contracted with NOVAworks to conduct a pilot program focused on small workforce development. The pilot program demonstrated that, at the time, displaced workers were not ready to return to work and employers were not ready to bring on additional staff. However, to prepare for the time when workers and employers were both ready, the County contracted with NOVAworks to convene workforce development providers and other community partners to develop a comprehensive approach to preparing displaced and underemployed workers for well-paying jobs. That work resulted in a p...

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