Date:February 10, 2011
Contact:Public Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Expo and Job Fair for Workers and Businesses Impacted by Oil Spill Planned in Houma

HOUMA - A free workforce expo offering information on re-employment, training efforts and economic opportunities for businesses and individuals impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will be held Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 8 a.m. -1 p.m. at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center.

The expo, “Turning the TIDE,” is sponsored by the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC). It will include a job fair and the opportunity to meet organizations offering recovery resources.

Among the topics to be covered in presentations:

• Services for workers and family members of workers impacted by the oil spill, including job training and placement services.

• Assistance for businesses impacted by the oil spill, including a $5,000 subsidy for businesses with fewer than 50 employees.

• Employer incentives for hiring workers impacted by the oil spill, including on-the-job training funds that pay up to 90 percent of an employee’s wages while they learn on the job – up to 26 weeks.

• Entrepreneurship services for people affected by the oil spill wanting to start their own businesses.

Turning the TIDE, with TIDE standing for Training, Information, Development, Employment/Entrepreneurship, is an initiative funded by a $10 million federal grant awarded to the LWC by the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant covers 20 south Louisiana parishes. Louisiana received the largest portion of the grant award for oil spill response among Gulf Coast states.

To learn more about the expo, contact the Terrebonne Business and Career Solutions Center at 985-876-8990.

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