Caltagirone announces more than $200K in state grants for local operations

READING, May 31 – State Rep. Thomas Caltagirone, D-Berks, announced today that a $195,000 Strategic Innovation program grant was awarded to the Berks County Workforce Development Board, as well as a $10,476 Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission grant for the Historical Society of Berks County Museum and Library.

The Strategic Innovation grant, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, will go toward teaching entry- and intermediate-level skills to adult job seekers and underemployed workers with certain barriers to employment.

The project will enable regional employers to more quickly fill existing and future openings for skilled candidates with industry recognized qualifications with a special focus in the food processing and manufacturing industries.

“Congratulations to the Berks County Workforce Development Board for its award in this competitive grant program,” Caltagirone said. “The state recognized a great opportunity for investment and growth here, and it’s always encouraging to see people connected with life-transformative jobs.”

The goal of the PHMC program is to strengthen Pennsylvania’s museum community by supporting the general operations of museums around Pennsylvania.

“The Berks County Museum and Library does a phenomenal job telling the rich history of Berks County and preserving its culture for all to see,” Caltagirone said. “Congratulations to all the historians, staff and dedicated volunteers and contributors who keep the Society running. Their efforts are truly deserving of statewide attention.”