Congressman Bob Gibbs Applauds $400,000 Appalachian Regional Commission Grant to the Appalachian Training Investment Partnership Program

September 28, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C – U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement in support of the Ohio Department of Development for receiving a $200,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The money will support the Appalachian Training Investment Partnership Program (ATIP) which provides assistance to small and medium sized businesses in Appalachia for new employee training, retraining of existing employees and skills upgrade. 

“The Appalachian Training Investment Partnership Program provides an invaluable service to Appalachian business owners,” said Congressman Gibbs. “As the unemployment rate has now hovered at or above 9 percent for the past 26 months, I am glad that this grant will support the creation of 100 new jobs as well as the retention of 500 Appalachian jobs.  This grant allows ATIP to continue offering customized skills training to Appalachian companies so they will remain competitive, retain and hire new employees, and reinvest in and grow their businesses.”

The State of Ohio will provide an additional $200,000, bringing the total project funding to $400,000.