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June 4, 2003


Governor Mitt Romney today announced that the United States Department of Labor has awarded Massachusetts two National Emergency Grants totaling $8.1 million.


Romney, who was informed of the grants in an afternoon phone call from Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, thanked the Bush Administration for their support.


“I am grateful for the support the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has received from the Bush Administration,” Romney said. “It is clear that the September 11th terrorist attacks had a tremendously negative impact on the travel and tourism industry in Massachusetts and across the nation. Individuals who were laid off in these fields want and need jobs. These training dollars will assist them in fulfilling that goal.”


Romney said $5.2 million of the funds will help workers who have been laid off from the airline industry and other industries, including travel, tourism, hospitality and retail, as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The grant will pay for job search assistance, employment counseling, basic skills training, GED instruction and testing and support services for individuals who qualify.


An additional $2.9 million will help employees from the manufacturing and technology fields who have lost their jobs in Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester Counties. This grant will fund recruitment, outreach, counseling, job search assistance, basic skills training, classroom training and supportive services.


Earlier in the day, Romney stood with Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge who awarded $31 million in federal funds to Massachusetts for first responder needs.



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