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Governor To Help Open Job Center

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine is scheduled to be in South Boston today assisting the Industrial Development Authority of South Boston, the South Boston Town Council and the South Central Workforce Investment Board with a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the One Stop South Boston Workforce Center on Houghton Avenue at 1:15 p.m.

Tours of the new facility will be offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Ground was broken last summer for South Boston’s Workforce Development Center that received $50,000 in federal funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Funding for the South Boston project was part of nearly $66.4 million in essential community facilities projects in 33 states throughout the country that are being funded immediately with ARRA federal funds in the third wave of Recovery Act community facilities investments announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The ARRA funded project has allowed the Workforce Center here to purchase furnishings and new training equipment, officials said.

In 2008, Kaine identified eight sites in the commonwealth to be developed by 2010 as one-stop workforce training centers, and South Boston was one of those sites.

The center is a new and innovative way of delivering employment and training services.

The purpose of the center is to promote a well-trained, well-educated, highly skilled and qualified workforce that is actively engaged in lifelong learning and fulfilling the needs of local employers, according to state and local officials.

The center is located in the Houghton Industrial Park and will provide this critical need to South Boston and surrounding areas, according to the governor’s office.