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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced seven projects are being funded under the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative in Buffalo. These projects are a direct result of ESPRI, the Governor’s $25 million initiative to help 16 communities develop locally-driven strategies to reduce poverty and increase economic opportunity for all New Yorkers.

“We are empowering communities to connect people with opportunities that help move them on a path out of poverty toward economic independence,” Governor Cuomo said. “I commend Buffalo for their efforts to bring meaningful change to their community and I look forward to these programs delivering results.”

“As part of our Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative, we’re providing funding to communities across the state to address the critical issue of poverty that continues to impact the lives of so many New Yorkers,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today’s announcement. “We want to ensure that people who are living in poverty are given the opportunities and resources they need to help lead a more stable life. This investment in poverty reduction programs in Buffalo will provide increased economic opportunity for residents in Western New York.

Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, $701,725 – Working with the Buffalo Employment and Training Center, key stakeholders will be engaged to create a workforce development pipeline to prepare and connect program participants with high-quality, family-sustaining employment opportunities in key growth industries. This effort also involves aligning resources to support long-term program sustainability.

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