2022 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - HB29 (Conference Report)

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GO Virginia Talent Pathways Planning

Item 114 #1c

Item 114 #1c

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Commerce and Trade
Department of Housing and Community Development FY2021 $0 FY2022 $2,500,000 GF

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"S.1. Out of this appropriation, $2,500,000 the second year from the general fund is provided for the department to award grants to certified regional councils established by § 2.2-2488, Code of Virginia to identify and address business workforce needs in regional industry clusters. The department shall work with the Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity Board established by § 2.2-2485, Code of Virginia, and the Office of Education and Labor Market Alignment (the Office) in the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Authority established by § 2.2-2238, Code of Virginia to distribute these funds. Grant awards must be recommended by staff of the department and the Office with final approval by the GO Virginia Board.

2. These planning grants shall support analysis on the workforce needs of regional businesses and the identification of the skills and training that can help prepare Virginians to fill available jobs in regional markets. Skills and training includes, but is not limited to, high school career and technical education, credentials, certifications, apprenticeships, internships, and other degree and non-degree programs that can help prepare individuals for career opportunities.

3. The Office shall provide analytical support to regional councils in developing the analysis described above. As a condition of the grant, regional councils shall provide quantitative and qualitative information on current and future needs of regional businesses within the targeted industry clusters to the Office.

4. This planning grant program shall last no longer than a year from its start date, and represent a one-time appropriation of funds for this purpose.

5. Any funds remaining at the end of the fiscal year shall not revert to the general fund and shall be carried forward into the next fiscal year by the department for the purposes described in paragraph S.1."


(This amendment provides $2.5 million from the general fund in fiscal year 2022 for the Department of Housing and Community Development to provide grants to GO Virginia regions to identify business needs for workers in strategic industries. It is the intent of the General Assembly to set out this item upon enrolling.)