Plus, Cayuga Supporting Workforce by Joining SUNY Initiative
Plus, Cayuga Supporting Workforce by Joining SUNY Initiative
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Oswego County Economic Development News

March 25, 2021
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SBA Launches Portal to Begin Accepting Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Applications on April 8

The U.S. Small Business Administration is recently launched a splash page for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal in anticipation of opening applications for the much-anticipated critical economic relief program on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
“Help is here for venue operators hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBA has worked diligently to build the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program from the ground up to assist and address the diverse eligibility requirements of each type of applicant and we will open for applications on April 8,” SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman said. “The SBA knows these venues are critical to America's economy and understands how hard they've been impacted, as they were among the first to shutter. This vital economic aid will provide a much-needed lifeline for live venues, museums, movie theatres and many more.”
Prior to the official SVOG application opening, the SBA will host a national informational webinar to highlight the application process for potential eligible entities from 2:30 to 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. Those interested in participating can register here.
The SVOG program was established by the Economic Aid to Hard Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act, which appropriated $15 billion for it. The American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021, appropriated an additional $1.25 billion, bringing the program funding to a total of $16.25 billion, with more than $16 billion allocated for grants.
To ensure eligible venues do not miss a window to receive assistance through the Paycheck Protection Program, the American Rescue Plan Act also amended the SVOG program so entities that apply for a PPP loan after Dec. 27, 2020, can also apply for an SVOG, with the eligible entity’s SVOG to be reduced by the PPP loan amount. The PPP loan applications have been updated to reflect this.
As the SBA builds and prepares to open the program, the dedicated SBA website, www.sba.gov/svogrant, which includes frequently asked questions, video tutorials and other SVOG details, is the best source for information for those looking to apply for a grant. To prepare in advance of the SVOG application portal opening on April 8, potential applicants should get registered in the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM.gov), as this is required for an entity to receive an SVOG, and reference the preliminary application checklist and eligibility requirements

Oswego County Airport: Airport Master Plan Public Open House

When: Wednesday April 7, 2021, 4 pm - 6 pm
Where: New Airport Hangar - Building U
              40 Airport Drive, Fulton, NY
What: Overview of the final project. Learn more
           about future airport activity.
Note that attendees must wear masks and practice social distancing.
Reservations are required by 04-05-21 and may be made by contacting Jodi Steigerwald at jsteigerwald@cscos.com or 315-703-4217.

Cayuga Joins SUNY Initiative Supporting Current, Emerging Workforce

Cayuga Community College is joining other New York community colleges in an essential SUNY initiative promoting private industry apprenticeships to support statewide workforce development.
As part of the Apprenticeship Programs at SUNY, Cayuga will work with local business and industry leaders to promote the importance of registered apprenticeships for individuals and the long-term value of these opportunities for regional employers.
Dr Keiko Kimura, Cayuga's Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Fulton Campus, said the program reinforces the College's mission of supporting students and the local workforce, many of whom balance work and rasing a family while still exploring ways to advance their career. Registered apprenticeships are an under-utilized resource capable of supporting students and regional employers, she said.
"Apprenticeships are important in developing a dynamic, evolving workforce that's capable of stepping into careers in our emerging industries. These opportunities help potential employees gain on-the-job experience and expand the available employee base for our local employers," said Dr. Kimura. "We're proud to participate in the SUNY Apprenticeship Program, and we look forward to collaborating with local industries to increase available apprenticeships."
Registered apprenticeships offer paid employment and wage progression, industry-specific standard training and nationally recognized and transferrable certificates. For employers, apprenticeships create a pipeline of qualified potential employees, a consistent training program and increased employee retention.
Funded through New York State and a grant from the United States Department of Labor, the Apprenticeship Programs at SUNY partner closely with New York State department of Labor and are committed to growing a highly skilled workforce by combining on-the-job training with related classroom instruction. The program focuses on developing pre-apprentices and register apprentices in advanced manufacturing, healthcare, information technology and other high-need fields.
Cayuga was one of 11 community colleges awarded a SUNY grant in late 2020 to participate in the expanding initiative. The College will primarily focus on developing registered apprenticeships in the advanced manufacturing industry, but will also promote increasing opportunities in healthcare and human services.
For more information about the SUNY Apprenticeship Program, visit www.suny.edu/apprenticeship/.
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