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Delaware Valley Resource Center Receives $189,000 State Grant

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The Pennsylvania Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career Program (MTTC) recently awarded the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC), an economic development consulting firm, a grant of $189,000.

DVIRC will use the funding on behalf of six participating companies to address the need for sewing machine operators in southeastern Pennsylvania’s textile industry.

This objective will be achieved through the creation of a training collective. DVIRC will facilitate a strategic planning process with companies to determine requirements. The DVIRC will also work with immigrant/refugee serving organizations to create an informal network to identify, select and place a minimum of 10 viable candidates into vacant positions.

“The DVIRC is extremely grateful to the DCED for this funding from the MTTC, which will help us increase the capacity of the skilled manufacturing talent that the region desperately needs,” said Tony Girifalco, Executive Vice President of the DVIRC. “As part of the project, we will also work with several immigrant and refugee serving organizations to tap into their client base to increase the pool of workers for businesses in their communities.”

DVIRC’s primary focus is to help clients grow their businesses through consulting services, training and education, and executive networking groups.

The MTTC program has awarded more than $18 million to fund 86 projects.