Going PRO Talent Fund Needs Your Support!

As it stands now, Michigan’s 2020 budget does not include funding for the Going PRO Talent Fund. The fund provides competitive awards to employers for short-term training of new and existing employees.

Since the program began in 2014, nearly $100 million has been awarded to more than 3,000 businesses across the state, resulting in the retention of 72,542 jobs. Employers in West Michigan have consistently received over 20% of the overall available funds:

FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19
Awards 74
(20% of state total)
127
(26% of state total)
212
(23% of state total)
223
(27% of state total)
Amount Awarded $3.1 M
(25% of state total)
$5.1 M
(28% of state total)
$8.4 M
(28% of state total)
$9.5 M
(32% of state total)
Workers Trained 968 1,410 2,640 2,423
Apprenticeships 129 218 378 219
New Hires 1,366 2,612 4,055 4,447

West Michigan Works! is urging the Governor’s administration and legislators in the seven-county region (Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon and Ottawa) to support continued funding of the Going PRO Talent Fund.

Your support needed

If you would like to add your name to the request (GoingPRO-Legistative-Request), please submit the form below by Friday, November 8.

If you would like to send a personal ask, you can use this letter template and find your legislators’ contact information here. Not sure who your representatives are? Find out here.

Yes, I support funding for workforce training!

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