The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Agency has awarded a three-year, $355,000 grant to the city of Indianapolis. The funds will assist Hoosiers in finding alternative employment opportunities, including those affected by the closure of Carrier Corp.’s facility in Indy.
The office of Congressman Andre Carson (D-07) says the funding will also be used to develop opportunities through Indianapolis’ "Promise Zone" designation. The grant will support the hiring of a person to serve as a recovery coordinator and Promise Zone liaison for the city who will lead the effort to assist unemployed and displaced workers.
"Since Carrier announced the closure of their Indianapolis facility, the City’s Carrier Task Force has worked tirelessly to convene resources and identify opportunities to aid the thousands of hard working families affected by this decision," said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett. "(The) award by the EDA will provide invaluable opportunities for the community, helping to attract and grow manufacturing operations and putting affected employees back to work."
Carson and Hogsett joined U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) Thursday for the announcement of the grant. Donnelly says the funding will bring much-needed resources to Hoosier workers and attract new business to the city.