YOUTH RFP BIDDER’S CONFERENCE MINUTES – 4/21/15
PUBLIC NOTICE FOR
THE FINGER LAKES WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD, Inc.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
TITLE I WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT (WIOA)
The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc., as fiscal agent for the Finger Lakes Workforce Development Area is soliciting proposals for the operation of federally-funded youth programs in compliance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Funding will be for the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc. intends to award the RFP for three additional program years, dependent on contractor’s meeting performance goals, quality of service or product that has been provided, timeliness of start-up and meeting of delivery schedules, cost projections for next year and the availability of funds. Other factors may be considered if applicable.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 introduced significant changes for youth programming at the local level. The Workforce Investment Act focuses on serving out of school youth and targeted youth populations through youth development activities that will reinforce positive social skills in youth. The legislation mandates strong ties with the business community, not only as employers, but also in an expanded role as advisors, funders, trainers and economic developers. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act places an increased emphasis on work experience activities, serving individuals with disabilities and veterans. The intent is to develop a skilled future labor force. Eligible participants must be between 16 and 24 and meet specific eligibility criteria as noted in the RFP.
The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FL WIB) is the local governing board for the federal WIOA legislation. This Board is comprised of representatives of local businesses, labor organizations, education providers, public agencies and other entities interested in workforce development issues. The FL WIB, Inc. is the entity responsible for policy development and implementation for programs funded under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for the counties of Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates.
TIME FRAME AND AVAILABILITY
Funding available to serve youth in the four-county region for the period July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 is approximately $400,000.00 (subject to official notification from the New York State Department of Labor). Please note the14 elements of the legislation that can be funded (see RFP). Proposals may be funded for one or more elements, however, all proposals must indicate how programs link to the other elements and must include a Memorandum of Understanding with other partners.
Respondents must meet the criteria outlined in the Request for Proposal (RFP) and must be in compliance with policy and regulations set forth by the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
Detailed Requests for Proposals may be obtained between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Apri1 10th, 2015 at the address noted below, or by calling Dinah Brennan at 315-789-3131. You may also access the RFP at our website: www.fingerlakesworks.com.
FINGER LAKES WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD, INC.
41 LEWIS STREET, SUITE 104
GENEVA, NY 14456
TWO COPIES OF THE COMPLETE PROPOSAL MUST BE RECEIVED BY 4:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, MAY 11th, 2014 AT THE FINGER LAKES WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD, INC., 41 LEWIS STREET, SUITE 104, GENEVA, NEW YORK 14456. AN ELECTRONIC COPY MUST ALSO BE SENT TO KSPRINGMEIER@FINGERLAKESWORKS.COM
GENEVA, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that Western Ag Enterprises, Inc. is April’s “Business of the Month”, recognizing the business’s contributions to the community and to the local economy.
Incorporated in Arizona in 1985, Western Ag Enterprises, Inc. annually converts 60 million square feet of material for the agricultural, industrial, mining, transportation, and recreation industries. They bring years of design experience to suit the specialized needs of their clients. Western Ag’s facilities are designed to handle large and volume projects. They also have installation crews available to service hay tarps, silage pit covers, and liners in many areas. The main corporate office and manufacturing facility is located in Phoenix, AZ while the local office is located at the Seneca County Depot and opened in 2011.
Over the last four years the company has grown to the current workforce of 30. To assist with recruiting efforts, Western Ag Enterprises has worked closely with Finger Lakes Works Business Services Team to post jobs with the New York State Job Bank. Other recruiting services that have been accessed include application collection, screening and referrals as well as on-site interviewing at the career center in Waterloo.
“Helping businesses connect with the talent is an important service we offer employers.” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, FLWIB. “We look forward to working with Western Ag as they continue to grow and contribute to our regional economy.”