Sep 9, 2008

DCEO - State of Illinois Information

DECO - Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, State of Illinois

Your DCEO Opportunity Returns North Central Team want to keep you update on important upcoming events and opportunities. Please review all the attachments.

· DCEO-EDC Financial Forum – 2008


Is an interactive community forum hosted by the Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in partnership with the Economic Development Council of the Bloomington-Normal Area. It will feature local, state and federal experts discussing financing options for businesses, municipalities and not-for-profits. Please view the attachment above.

· ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY
HIGH TECHNOLOGY SCHOOL TO WORK GRANT PROGRAM

NOTICE OF GRANT OPPORTUNITY - FY 2009 APPLICATION

SUMMARY

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is announcing the release of the Fiscal Year 2009 Request for Application (RFA) for the High Technology School to Work Grant Program. The goal of the High Technology School to Work Program is to improve education and to prepare Illinois’ students to transition from school to high skilled, high paying jobs in the areas of science, mathematics, and advanced technology. Increasing the number of trained students entering technology occupations will help meet the workforce demand of Illinois’ high technology businesses. The High Technology School-to-Work Program (20 ILCS 701/) provides grants to consortia of high technology businesses and local schools. Projects are designed by partnerships among employers, employer associations, and schools to provide youth with work experience in high technology occupations, combined with closely related classroom instruction.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

As a means of ensuring that businesses play a central role in the identification of skill requirements and curricula design, the Department will only accept applications from private sector employers, or employer-based intermediary organizations. Employer-based intermediary organizations include industry associations and chambers of commerce. The application must demonstrate that a strong and cooperative relationship exists between the grantee and the school(s) that represent the educational side of the partnership. The partnership must be employer-led and designed to respond to the high technology skill requirements of participating employers.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Printed copies of the application are available upon request. Questions pertaining to this program should be directed to John Barr, Bureau of Technology and Industrial Competitiveness, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, 100 West Randolph Suite 3-400, Chicago, IL 60601, Telephone: (312) 814-2259 or via e-mail:
john.w.barr@illinois.gov .

Anthony Rolando
Senior Account Manager
North Central Region
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
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