Workforce Transportation Network

Organization:
Piedmont Triad Regional Council
Amount:
$200,000.00
Program Area:
Golden LEAF Opportunities for Work Initiative
County of Applicant:
Forsyth
Description:

The purpose of this Golden LEAF Opportunities for Work grant is to support the efforts of Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC), a COG that serves 12 counties, as it addresses the issue of lack of transportation, which it has identified as the number one barrier to workforce inclusion in the region. While WIOA funds have provided much needed bus passes and gas cards to participants, more rural areas have limited options for transportation assistance. This project seeks to build upon local transportation systems (Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation, Yadkin Valley Economic Development District, Inc., Winston-Salem Transit Authority, Support Systems of Forsyth County Transportation, and Uber/Lyft models) and convene a transportation consortium to assist in expanding the regional transportation network to serve residents of Caswell, Davie, Forsyth, Surry, Yadkin, Stokes, and Rockingham counties. An expanded transportation system will allow more opportunities for individuals served by the PTRC’s Workforce Development Board to earn credentials in high-demand career pathways of healthcare/nursing, transportation/logistics, advanced manufacturing, aviation, technology, and hospitality/tourism—industries that are prevalent in the region. To receive transportation assistance, an individual must be a qualified participant in an NCWorks program. Such programs support jobseekers through resume assistance, funding support for training, supportive services, and other strategies to reduce barriers to employment. The proposed transportation model would leverage PTRWDB’s current transportation funding from other sources. Golden LEAF funds will be used to study the logistics of the program and for implementation of the project in two counties upon Golden LEAF approval of the results of the study.

Contact:
Ms. Tammy Caudill 1398 Carrollton Crossing Dive Kernersville, North Carolina 27284 (336) 904-0300

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