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Wichita City Council approves ARPA funding for workforce hiring, training

The Wichita City Council on Tuesday approved millions of dollars to support workforce and small business development.
Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 4:38 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The Wichita City Council on Tuesday approved millions of dollars to support workforce and small business development. The money is a part of the $72 million the city received last year through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The city council allocated $10 million for workforce development and small business development grants. The goal is to help alleviate the economic hardships caused by the pandemic. On Tuesday, city council members approved the 14 organizations that will receive a total of $6.3 million to help rehire or retrain workers needed in fields impacted by the pandemic.

The biggest recipient is WSU Tech which supports programs focused on training or retraining for healthcare and manufacturing jobs.

“Wichita is the number one advanced manufacturing city in the entire country and for us to keep that, we need to continuously adapt to the changes in the market. WSU Tech is not only leveraging what we have at the table but also their own resources and other resources to address some of these critical needs,” said Mayor Brandon Whipple.

About $800,000 went to two startups that experienced pandemic-related delays.

Applications for the remaining $3.6 million in ARPA Workforce & Small Business Development grants are due by May.

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